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Eleventh COVID-19 death reported in Warren County Sunday

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Saturday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported another two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Warren County, bringing the cumulative number of cases in the county to 201. Sunday, the agency reported another five cases and one death.

As of Sunday, the number of cases in the county is 206. The county’s death toll of 11 people including seven residents of one long-term care facility.

MSDH began reporting the names of long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks across the state Wednesday.

In Warren County, those facilities are:

  • Heritage House Nursing Center: employee cases 14; resident cases 38; resident deaths 7
  • Shady Lawn Health and Rehabilitation: employee cases 1; resident cases 0; resident deaths 0
  • The Bluffs Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center; employee cases 2; resident cases 0; resident deaths 0

Statewide, MSDH reports 265 new COVID-19 cases Saturday and 236 cases Sunday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 17,270.

MSDH also reports eight Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide Saturday and six Sunday, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 817.

COVID-19 deaths are reported in the following counties Saturday and Sunday:

County Deaths reported Saturday
Desoto 1
Itawamba 1
Jones 1
Lauderdale 1
Leflore 1
Lincoln 1
Oktibbeha 2
Deaths reported Sunday
Attala 2
Claiborne 1
Leflore 1
Warren 1
Yalobusha 1

Deaths and new cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Friday, June 5, for Saturday’s update and Saturday, June 6, for Sunday’s update. MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each morning based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 11,203 through Sunday, May 31. This figure will be updated weekly. It represents about 64.9% of the cumulative 17,270 cases reported as of Sunday, June 7.

Based on the number of cases reported Sunday, May 17, in Warren County (133), the estimated number of people presumed recovered is 122, or about 64.6%, with 73 active cases.

These estimates are based on MSDH’s guidelines for calculating estimated recoveries when hospitalizations are not known, using the number of cases 21 days ago, less known outcomes (deaths).

As reported Sunday, 357 Mississippians are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and another 228 patients are hospitalized with suspected infections. Of those hospitalized with confirmed infections, 133 are critically ill and in intensive care units and 69 are on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

Long-term care facilities

Many of the new cases and deaths in Mississippi are reflected in cases and deaths in the state’s long-term care facilities. The number of individual COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities total 2,032 Thursday. Resident deaths total 425. About 11.8% of the state’s cases and 52% of the state’s deaths from the virus are people from long-term care facilities. The number of active outbreaks under investigation is 113.

Lauderdale County in East Central Mississippi leads the state with the highest number of cases and deaths in long-term care facilities with 177 cases and 45 deaths Sunday. It also has among the highest total COVID-19 cases and the highest number of deaths reported in the state with 779 cases and 70 deaths as of Sunday.

Three counties, Lauderdale, Jones and Madison, have 100 or more LTC cases. Seven counties have more than 20 LTC deaths: Lauderdale, Forrest, LeFlore, Lincoln, Neshoba Monroe and Jones.

Mississippi is paying special attention to any outbreaks in these facilities. Even one case is a long-term care facility is considered an outbreak because of the ages and poor health of many residents. Long-term care facilities include nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Cases in long-term acute care facilities, and psychiatric or chemical dependency residential treatment centers are now being counted separately.

COVID-19 in Mississippi counties

Neighboring Hinds County, the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 1,137 cases Sunday and 26 deaths. Thirteen of the deaths in Hinds were residents in long-term care facilities, and 85 cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation.

In other neighboring counties:

Yazoo County reports 301 cases Sunday and five deaths. Yazoo is reporting 11 cases under investigation and two deaths in long-term care facilities.

Claiborne County reports 120 cases and six deaths Sunday. Five deaths were residents in a long-term care facility and total of 42 cases in a long-term care facility are reported. Claiborne County Senior Care is the site of 11 employee and 40 resident cases plus 4 resident deaths.

Sharkey County reports seven cases, no deaths and no outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

Issaquena County remains the only county in the state without any reported cases.

In all, 49 Mississippi counties now report more than 100 cases each, and 31 counties report 200 or more. Eleven counties report more than 400 cases each: Hinds, Lauderdale, Madison, Neshoba, Scott, Jones, Forrest, Desoto, Rankin, Holmes and Leake. Only Sharkey and Issaquena counties report fewer than 10 cases.

Seven counties report no deaths from the virus. The following 28 counties report 10 or more deaths:

County Total Cases Total Deaths
Adams 204 16
Attala 315 20
Bolivar 174 11
Carroll 119 11
Chickasaw 147 14
Clarke 159 19
Desoto 611 11
Forrest 610 39
Hancock 92 12
Hinds 1137 26
Holmes 454 31
Jackson 321 15
Jones 729 34
Kemper 159 11
Lauderdale 779 70
Leake 462 12
Leflore 288 40
Lincoln 289 32
Madison 796 29
Monroe 277 25
Neshoba 755 45
Oktibbeha 297 16
Pearl River 215 31
Pike 207 11
Scott 671 12
Smith 165 11
Tippah 80 11
Warren 206 11

COVID-19 Demographics: race, gender and age

Cases and deaths from the virus are heavily skewed toward African Americans, and MSDH is reporting racial breakdowns of each county’s statistics, available on its website. As of Sunday, 59.6%. of cases and 52.6% of COVID-19 deaths in Mississippi were among African Americans.

COVID-19 cases are also skewed toward women, with 58.7% of cases among women.

Almost all the COVID-19 deaths in Mississippi occurred among people with underlying health conditions, including obesity, lung disease and diabetes. The health of African Americans is contributing to their higher rate of infection and death from COVID-19.

All age groups have been affected by the disease, including children under 18, with 1,164 cumulative cases as of Sunday, including 77 cases in infants less than 1 year old. Twenty-seven young people were hospitalized with the virus, but no death among juveniles have been reported in Mississippi.

Deaths and hospitalizations from the virus occur most frequently among those 60 and older. As of Sunday, 1,531 of Mississippi’s cumulative 2,522 hospitalizations, or 60.7%, were among people over 60, and 86.8% of the state’s deaths (709) have been people over 60.

Hospitalizations

As of Sunday, 357 Mississippians are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and another 228 patients are hospitalized with suspected infections. Of those hospitalized with confirmed infections, 133 are critically ill and in intensive care units and 69 are on ventilators.

Mississippi’s rate of hospitalizations for those diagnosed with COVID-19 is below the national average. From a high of more than 30%, the rate stands at 15.9% as of Sunday. The national average for hospitalizations has seen a steady rise and stands at 82 per 100,000 for the week ending May 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; however, the rate skyrockets to 126.2 per 100,000 for those 65 and older.

Testing

The number of COVID-19 tests performed in Mississippi as of May 30 is 203,127. About 8.5% of the tests had a positive result based on the total number of confirmed cases in the state. As more asymptomatic people are tested, the actual rate of infection will become clear. As of May 30, Mississippi has tested about 6.4% of the state’s 3.15 million people.

Anyone with symptoms of fever, severe cough or severe chest pains – especially those who are older or in poor health – should arrange for testing with their doctor or one of the many health care providers now performing testing, although not having a fever may not eliminate you from being tested. Health care providers can assess your health history and symptoms and perform testing for COVID-19 as needed. MSDH is also helping conduct free drive-up testing sites in many parts of the state. Always call ahead to the testing provider for instructions on safely being examined before you visit for your test.

Find a COVID-19 testing provider near you

For more information, visit the MSDH website or call the hotline at 877-978-6453, available seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Totals of reported confirmed cases and deaths since March 11, including those in long-term care facilities, reported Sunday, June 7:

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 204 16 43 9
Alcorn 20 1 0 0
Amite 65 1 12 1
Attala 315 20 89 17
Benton 15 0 1 0
Bolivar 174 11 18 4
Calhoun 70 4 23 4
Carroll 119 11 45 9
Chickasaw 147 14 35 9
Choctaw 53 2 0 0
Claiborne 120 6 42 5
Clarke 159 19 17 8
Clay 132 4 0 0
Coahoma 134 4 0 0
Copiah 341 4 0 0
Covington 188 2 1 0
Desoto 611 11 18 4
Forrest 610 39 92 28
Franklin 30 2 3 1
George 30 2 1 0
Greene 42 1 13 0
Grenada 113 4 17 2
Hancock 92 12 8 3
Harrison 281 7 3 2
Hinds 1137 26 85 13
Holmes 454 31 88 15
Humphreys 70 7 17 5
Issaquena 0 0 0 0
Itawamba 90 8 33 7
Jackson 321 15 38 5
Jasper 179 4 0 0
Jefferson 46 1 0 0
Jefferson Davis 84 3 4 1
Jones 729 34 107 21
Kemper 159 11 37 8
Lafayette 156 4 40 1
Lamar 259 5 3 2
Lauderdale 779 70 177 45
Lawrence 108 1 0 0
Leake 462 12 2 0
Lee 224 8 33 2
Leflore 288 40 95 26
Lincoln 289 32 92 25
Lowndes 270 9 19 5
Madison 796 29 100 15
Marion 119 9 15 2
Marshall 90 3 0 0
Monroe 277 25 93 22
Montgomery 85 1 0 0
Neshoba 755 45 69 22
Newton 298 4 4 0
Noxubee 200 6 15 3
Oktibbeha 297 16 93 13
Panola 96 3 0 0
Pearl River 215 31 46 11
Perry 51 3 0 0
Pike 207 11 14 6
Pontotoc 55 3 3 1
Prentiss 56 3 21 3
Quitman 32 0 0 0
Rankin 480 9 3 0
Scott 671 12 13 2
Sharkey 7 0 0 0
Simpson 105 0 2 0
Smith 165 11 51 8
Stone 32 0 0 0
Sunflower 97 3 0 0
Tallahatchie 32 1 0 0
Tate 96 1 2 0
Tippah 80 11 0 0
Tishomingo 37 0 1 0
Tunica 58 3 12 2
Union 91 7 19 6
Walthall 74 0 0 0
Warren 206 11 37 7
Washington 202 8 7 1
Wayne 315 3 1 0
Webster 96 5 18 3
Wilkinson 85 9 5 2
Winston 128 1 0 0
Yalobusha 114 7 26 7
Yazoo 301 5 11 2
Total 17,270 817 2,032 425

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Mississippi reports 1,212 new COVID-19 cases Saturday as U.S. sets new one-day high

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Mississippi’s cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 115,000 Saturday, with another day of more than 1,000 cases reported.

On Friday, the U.S. reported 83,757 new cases, a new one-day high, according to Johns Hopkins University. At the peak of the summer surge, the U.S. reported 77,362 new cases of COVID-19 on July 16, reports USA Today. Nearly every state in the union is reporting increased cases, and experts predict that this surge could be more deadly and last longer than the summer surge because the virus circulates easier in colder weather.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported five new COVID-19 cases Saturday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,548, and the county’s death toll is 55.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,212 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 115,088. The seven-day average of new cases is 726, higher by 244 cases from a month ago.

Most new cases are seen in younger people recently, and they are more likely to survive the virus than those 65 and older. By far, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are young people from 18 to 29 years old.

MSDH reported Saturday that 17 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,255. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.8%.

Deaths are a lagging indicator. While July saw the highest number of new cases since the crisis began, August saw the highest number of deaths. The highest number of deaths in any one day was 67 reported Aug. 25.

Of the 17 deaths MSDH reported Saturday, 13 occurred between Oct. 19 and Oct. 23 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Saturday
Adams 1
Benton 1
Coahoma 1
Covington 1
Harrison 1
Leake 1
Lee 1
Monroe 1
Panola 1
Pontotoc 1
Tallahatchie 1
Wayne 1
Yazoo 1

Four COVID-19 related deaths reported Saturday occurred between Sept. 22 and Oct. 17 and were identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified from death certificate reports
Lauderdale 1
Madison 1
Pearl River 1
Prentiss 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. MSDH usually reports statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

The primary metric concerning state health officials are the numbers of people hospitalized, and that number rose steadily with the rise of new cases in July and August. On June 6, the number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at 358. Hospitalizations nearly tripled by late July. They leveled off in early August and began noticeably dropping in the middle of the month including critical cases and numbers of people requiring ventilators. Hospitalizations continued to drop in September but levelled off at the middle of the month. They dropped again through Oct. 3; however, hospitalizations have been rising since then.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, is 701, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 597 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 104 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 158 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 70 were on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 97,675 through Sunday, Oct. 11. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 84.9% of the cumulative 115,088 cases reported Saturday, Oct. 24.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Saturday, Oct. 3, was 1,428, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,373, or about 88.7% of the 1,548 cumulative cases reported as of Saturday, Oct. 24. The county has an estimated 120 active cases.

These estimates are based on MSDH’s guidelines for calculating estimated recoveries when hospitalizations are not known, using the number of cases 21 days ago, less known outcomes (deaths).

The total number of Mississippians tested for COVID-19 (PCR and antigen tests identifying current infections) as of Saturday, Oct. 10, is 900,479 or about 30.3% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. Without an updated number of tests, it is impossible to accurately calculate Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average), however, the rate was 16.6% Thursday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.8%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 133 Saturday. About 40.1%, or 1,304, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 26 deaths in Warren County were residents of LTC facilities.

MSDH is no longer reporting outbreaks in individual long-term care facilities in Mississippi and has replaced it with access to a database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. You can access and search the data here. The latest data available is for the week ending Oct. 11.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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New COVID-19 cases in the U.S. approach July’s one-day record; 795 new cases in Mississippi

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Thursday, the U.S. saw its second highest number of new COVID-19 cases in a single day since the crisis began, with  76,195 new cases reported. The one-day record high of 77,299 new cases occurred July 16, according to a Reuters analysis.

U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar attributed the increase in cases to behavior of individuals, saying household gatherings have become a “major vector of disease spread.”

Deaths in the U.S. have also increased, with the seven-day average of 785, up 13% in the last week.

“We’re in a very serious moment right now,” Azar said.

Currently in the U.S., more than 8.4 million cumulative COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, and 223,087 Americans have died since the beginning of the outbreak, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. leads the world in numbers of infections and deaths, although new surges are being reported worldwide.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported seven new COVID-19 cases Friday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,543, and the county’s death toll is 55.

Statewide, MSDH reported 795 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 113,876. The seven-day average of new cases is 660, higher by 183 cases from a month ago.

Most new cases are seen in younger people recently, and they are more likely to survive the virus than those 65 and older. By far, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are young people from 18 to 29 years old.

MSDH reported Friday that seven additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,238. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.8%.

Deaths are a lagging indicator. While July saw the highest number of new cases since the crisis began, August saw the highest number of deaths. The highest number of deaths in any one day was 67 reported Aug. 25.

The seven deaths MSDH reported Friday occurred between Oct. 17 and Oct. 21 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Friday
Clarke 1
Hancock 1
Hinds 1
Marshall 2
Panola 1
Tippah 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. MSDH usually reports statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

The primary metric concerning state health officials are the numbers of people hospitalized, and that number rose steadily with the rise of new cases in July and August. On June 6, the number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at 358. Hospitalizations nearly tripled by late July. They leveled off in early August and began noticeably dropping in the middle of the month including critical cases and numbers of people requiring ventilators. Hospitalizations continued to drop in September but levelled off at the middle of the month. They dropped again through Oct. 3; however, hospitalizations have been rising since then.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, is 695, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 599 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 96 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 157 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 68 were on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 97,675 through Sunday, Oct. 11. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 85.8% of the cumulative 113,876 cases reported Friday, Oct. 23.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Friday, Oct. 2, was 1,425, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,370, or about 88.9% of the 1,543 cumulative cases reported as of Friday, Oct. 23. The county has an estimated 118 active cases.

These estimates are based on MSDH’s guidelines for calculating estimated recoveries when hospitalizations are not known, using the number of cases 21 days ago, less known outcomes (deaths).

The total number of Mississippians tested for COVID-19 (PCR and antigen tests identifying current infections) as of Friday, Oct. 10, is 900,479 or about 30.3% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average) was 16.6% Thursday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.7%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 130 Friday. About 40.2%, or 1,301, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 26 deaths in Warren County were residents of LTC facilities.

MSDH is no longer reporting outbreaks in individual long-term care facilities in Mississippi and has replaced it with access to a database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. You can access and search the data here. The latest data available is for the week ending Oct. 11.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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Mississippi Rental Assistance grant applications being accepted

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Applications for the Mississippi Rental Assistance Grant Program are being accepted by the Mississippi Development Authority as of Thursday.

The program is designed for landlords with tenants who have fallen behind on rent due to COVID-19. The program will cover rent going back to March for tenants who have been unable to pay because they lost their job or have reduced income due to COVID-19.

Landlords are eligible for up to $30,000 and must credit grant funds to their tenants’ past due rents. Renters cannot apply directly for this program and should contact their landlords about applying on their behalf. Both small and large landlords can apply for the program.

Landlords should visit www.mississippi.org/mrap to learn more about the program and apply. The application deadline is Nov. 15.

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