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Four new COVID-19 cases in Warren County; state totals at 7,441 cases and 291 deaths

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The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 229 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the total cases to 7,441. New cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Friday, May 1.

MSDH is also reporting 10 additional deaths, bring the number of deaths in the state to 291.

An additional four confirmed COVID-19 cases are reported in Warren County bringing the cumulative number of cases to 78 on Saturday. The county’s death toll is unchanged and stands at two.

The number of estimated COVID-19 cases presumed recovered in Mississippi is 3,413 as of Wednesday, April 29. This figure will be updated weekly.

MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each morning based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

The number of individual cases in long-term care facilities total 866, an increase of 41 since yesterday, and 116 deaths among residents, an increase of six. The number of facilities under active investigation is 100, an increase of 12. 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, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, personal care homes, assisted living facilities, long-term acute care facilities, and psychiatric or chemical dependency residential treatment centers.

Neighboring Hinds County, still the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 505 cases Friday, an increase of nine since yesterday, and eight deaths, four of which were residents in long-term care facilities. Fifteen cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation in Hinds County as of yesterday, an increase of one.

In other neighboring counties, Claiborne reports 27 cases, up four since yesterday, and Sharkey reports five cases, unchanged. Neither Claiborne nor Sharkey has any reported deaths from the virus. Yazoo County reports 144 cases, up five since yesterday and one death. Issaquena County remains the only county in the state without any reported cases.

In all, 20 Mississippi counties are reporting more than 125 cases each, and nine counties report more than 200 cases. Deaths reported in the counties are in the single digits except for Forrest (13, up one), Lauderdale (25, up two), Leflore (17, unchanged), Lincoln (11, unchanged), Monroe (16, unchanged) and Pearl River (20, unchanged), and Tippah (10, unchanged) counties. No counties were added to that list today.

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 today, 52% of cases (3,870) and 57% of COVID-19 deaths (166) in Mississippi were among African Americans.

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 257 cases, up nine since yesterday. As of today, MSDH reports 19 cases in infants less than one year old, unchanged since yesterday. No deaths among juveniles have been reported in Mississippi.

Deaths and hospitalizations from the virus occur most frequently among those 60 and older. As of Friday evening, 805 of Mississippi’s cumulative 1,264 hospitalizations, or 63.7%, were among people over 60, and 89.3% of the state’s deaths (260) have been people over 60.

Current hospitalizations dropped for the first time in six days on Friday by 28 to 426 patients with confirmed COVID-19 infections. Another 208 hospitalized patients are suspected of being infected but have not been confirmed for the virus. The overall trend for patients in intensive care units and on ventilators seems to be holding fairly steady.

Source: MSDH

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 19.4% as of today. The national average for hospitalizations has seen a steady rise and now stands at 40.4 per 100,000 for the week ending April 25, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; however, the rate skyrockets to 131.6 per 100,000 for those 65 and older.

The number of people tested in Mississippi as of May 1 is 74,475, with 61,553 tests, or about 83%, performed by private labs. About 10% 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. To date, Mississippi has tested about 2.5% of the total population. The number of tests completed by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory through May 1 is 12,922, with 1,565 positive results, a rate of 12%.

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 11 p.m.

Mississippi COVID-19 total and long-term care facility cases and deaths to date:

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 149 9 24 4
Alcorn 10 1 0 0
Amite 28 0 1 0
Attala 117 1 35 1
Benton 12 0 1 0
Bolivar 105 7 14 1
Calhoun 54 3 23 3
Carroll 60 1 2 0
Chickasaw 76 8 25 6
Choctaw 13 1 0 0
Claiborne 27 0 0 0
Clarke 58 3 10 2
Clay 47 2 0 0
Coahoma 66 3 0 0
Copiah 114 1 1 1
Covington 67 0 0 0
Desoto 294 4 1 1
Forrest 226 13 20 6
Franklin 16 1 0 0
George 14 1 0 0
Greene 5 1 0 0
Grenada 34 0 14 0
Hancock 67 5 6 3
Harrison 181 6 1 1
Hinds 505 8 15 4
Holmes 159 9 27 2
Humphreys 25 4 6 2
Itawamba 62 4 32 3
Jackson 267 7 40 1
Jasper 54 1 0 0
Jefferson 21 0 0 0
Jefferson Davis 38 1 2 0
Jones 168 2 11 0
Kemper 67 3 15 1
Lafayette 89 3 35 0
Lamar 114 2 1 0
Lauderdale 378 25 88 14
Lawrence 50 0 1 0
Leake 229 1 0 0
Lee 71 4 5 0
Leflore 165 17 42 7
Lincoln 150 11 48 7
Lowndes 58 2 4 1
Madison 268 8 33 5
Marion 75 7 14 2
Marshall 45 2 0 0
Monroe 173 16 86 14
Montgomery 32 1 0 0
Neshoba 212 4 23 0
Newton 88 0 1 0
Noxubee 79 1 9 1
Oktibbeha 52 3 9 3
Panola 39 2 0 0
Pearl River 176 20 41 6
Perry 27 1 0 0
Pike 153 7 12 4
Pontotoc 20 2 2 0
Prentiss 32 1 20 1
Quitman 15 0 0 0
Rankin 197 5 5 0
Scott 354 1 9 1
Sharkey 5 0 0 0
Simpson 47 0 2 0
Smith 78 4 21 2
Stone 22 0 0 0
Sunflower 55 2 0 0
Tallahatchie 12 1 0 0
Tate 41 0 1 0
Tippah 56 10 0 0
Tishomingo 8 0 1 0
Tunica 35 2 12 2
Union 25 2 5 1
Walthall 32 0 0 0
Warren 78 2 1 0
Washington 77 3 4 1
Wayne 24 0 0 0
Webster 19 1 0 0
Wilkinson 69 7 5 2
Winston 47 0 0 0
Yalobusha 20 0 0 0
Yazoo 144 1 0 0
Total 7,441 291 866 116

 

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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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COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise with increased cases

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Mississippi is seeing a steady rise in hospitalizations for confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19. The rise is consistent with the rise in new cases. The Magnolia State is among numerous other U.S. states that are seeing a rise in cases. Daily new cases in the U.S. are now averaging more than 60,000, a 32% increase in the past two weeks. Major new outbreaks have been reported in the rural Midwest and Rocky Mountain states.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported four new COVID-19 cases Thursday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,536, and the county’s death toll is 55.

Statewide, MSDH reported 958 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 113,081. The seven-day average of new cases is 706, higher by 206 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 Thursday that eight additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,231. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.9%.

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 eights deaths MSDH reported Thursday occurred between Oct. 18 and Oct. 21 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Thursday
Benton 1
Chickasaw 1
Covington 1
Desoto 1
Jackson 1
Lafayette 1
Lincoln 1
Marshall 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. 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. Tuesday, Oct. 20, is 711, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 605 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 106 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 151 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 73 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 86.4% of the cumulative 113,081 cases reported Thursday, Oct. 22.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Thursday, Oct. 1, was 1,423, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,368, or about 89% of the 1,536 cumulative cases reported as of Thursday, Oct. 22. The county has an estimated 113 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 Thursday, 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 17.6% Wednesday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.6%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 126 Tuesday. About 40.2%, or 1,298, 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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801 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday in Mississippi; seven-day average a third higher than last month

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New COVID-19 cases remain high in Mississippi, with the seven-day average one-third higher than it was at this time in September.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported five new COVID-19 cases Wednesday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,532, and the county’s death toll is 55.

Statewide, MSDH reported 801 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 112,123. The seven-day average of new cases is 758, higher by 253 cases, about one-third, 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 Wednesday that 21 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,223. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.9%.

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 21 deaths MSDH reported Wednesday, 12 occurred between Aug. 11 and Oct. 19 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Wednesday
Forrest 1
Hinds 3
Jackson 2
Jones 1
Lauderdale 1
Lincoln 1
Panola 1
Pearl River 1
Washington 1

Nine COVID-19 related deaths occurred between Aug. 19 and Oct. 14, identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified from death certificate reports
Clarke 1
George 1
Issaquena 1
Jones 1
Lauderdale 2
Perry 1
Washington 1
Itawamba 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. 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 showing a rise since then.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, is 653, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 541 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 112 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 151 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 87.1% of the cumulative 112,123 cases reported Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Wednesday, Sept. 30, was 1,418, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,363, or about 89% of the 1,532 cumulative cases reported as of Wednesday, Oct. 21. The county has an estimated 114 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 Thursday, Oct. 15, 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 17.8% Tuesday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.5%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 127 Tuesday. About 40.1%, or 1,293, 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. 4.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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