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Governor’s daughter tests positive for COVID-19



Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and family (photo from Reeves campaign website)

Gov. Tate Reeve’s youngest daughter has tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor made the announcement Tuesday in a social media post.

I want to share a prayer request. My youngest daughter just tested positive for COVID-19. She feels OK, but could still…

Posted by Tate Reeves on Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Reeves had scheduled a news conference Tuesday to provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in Mississippi. The conference was later postponed.

As of Monday, Mississippi’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases has risen to more than 900 per day.


Second vaccine appears successful in early trials



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A second COVID-19 vaccine is showing good results in early testing.

Pharmaceutical company Moderna announced Monday that preliminary data shows its vaccine, which is similar to the one Pfizer announced a week ago, appears to be 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection.

Moderna’s trial included 30,000 participants, half of whom received the vaccine and half who received a placebo.

Both companies are on track to request use of their vaccines on an emergency basis from the Food and Drug Administration. Both require two shots about a month apart, but Moderna’s vaccine appears to be more stable at higher temperatures, which could make it easier to store and distribute.

“That should give us all hope that actually a vaccine is going to be able to stop this pandemic and hopefully get us back to our lives,” Dr. Stephen Hoge, Moderna’s president, told The Associated Press.

Moderna says it can have up to 20 million doses in the U.S. this year and up to billion doses worldwide in 2021.

If the FDA grants emergency use authorization to one or both companies in the next few weeks, vaccines could start to be distributed to high-risk groups in the U.S., such as health care workers and the elderly, as early as next month.

A vaccine probably won’t be available to the general public until spring of next year.

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Mississippi reports 4th consecutive day of 1,000+ new COVID-19 cases Saturday



Mississippi reported a fourth consecutive day of more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Saturday.

Nationally, the virus continues to break records from coast to coast. More than 181,000 new cases were reported Friday along with 1,389 new deaths. All the COVID-19 statistics are skyrocketing as the cumulative case count approaches 11 million and deaths near 250,000, by far the highest COVID-19 numbers in the world.

“It’s getting bad and it’s potentially going to get a lot worse,” Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told The New York Times. “The months ahead are looking quite horrifying.”

Warren County has so far been relatively unaffected by the soaring new case and death counts. The average for the first two weeks in November remains just barely over five cases per day, and the last death recorded in the county was Oct. 26.

In Warren County, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 11 new COVID-19 cases Saturday and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,649, and the county’s death toll is 56.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,370 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 133,340. The seven-day average of new cases is 1,065, 60% higher than the seven-day average a month ago, and on par with numbers in late July and early August.

At the beginning of the crises, the age group with the most COVID-19 cases were those over 65. Now, most new cases are seen in younger people who are more likely to survive the virus than those 65 and older. In September, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi were 18 to 24 years old. That has shifted to a slightly older group. In November, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are from 25 to 39 years old followed by those 50 to 64 years old.

MSDH reported Saturday that 21 more Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,540. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.7%.

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 Saturday, 11 occurred between Oct. 22 .and Nov. 13 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Saturday
Covington 1
Franklin 1
George 1
Harrison 1
Hinds 1
Jones 1
Lamar 1
Lee 1
Pearl River 1
Pontotoc 1
Tate 1

Ten COVID-19 related deaths occurred between Aug.15 and Nov. 9 and were identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified from death certificate reports
Clay 1
Coahoma 1
Desoto 1
Hinds 1
Itawamba 1
Lee 1
Marshall 1
Montgomery 1
Prentiss 1
Rankin 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. 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 tripled by late July.

Hospitalizations then steadily dropped through Oct. 3 when they began rising again along with increased cases. The last week in October, hospitalizations began levelling off; however, the past week has seen a steady rise in hospitalizations once again.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, was 774, about 65% of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 678 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 89 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 194 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 92 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 111,430 through Sunday, Nov. 8. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 83.6% of the cumulative 133,340 cases reported as of Saturday, Nov. 14.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Saturday, Oct. 24, was 1,548, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,492, or about 90.5% of the 1,649 cumulative cases reported as of Saturday, Nov. 14. The county has an estimated 101 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, Nov. 7 (the latest statewide testing results reported by MSDH), is 1,105,638 or about 37.2% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. Without daily updated numbers of tests, it is impossible to accurately calculate Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average), however, the rate was 16.3% Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 9.5%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 146 Saturday. About 38.7%, or 1,371, 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 by provider here. The latest data available is for the week ending Nov. 1.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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Warren Central versus Tupelo game canceled due to COVID-19



Warren Central Vikings (photo by Cedric Tillman)

The Warren Central High School football game with Tupelo High School has been canceled.

The decision was made Friday afternoon because of a COVID-19 quarantine at Tupelo High School. Vicksburg-Warren School District officials have verified the situation which means the Vikings will not travel tonight.

Warren Central advances to the second round of the playoffs because Tupelo called off the game.

The Vikings have extra time to prepare for their next game when they play the winner of this week’s Clinton versus Horn Lake game on Friday, Nov. 20.

Playoff games around the state have been canceled this week due to COVID-19 concerns.

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