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Mississippi adds 181 COVID-19 cases and three deaths overnight

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Mississippi COVID-19 cases jumped by 181 overnight with three more deaths reported.

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 1,358 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus and a total of 29 deaths as of 6 p.m. on April 2. Cases are reported each morning based on data submitted the previous day.

No new cases are reported in Warren County where the count stands at two. Neighboring Hinds County reported 139 cases, the highest number in the state. Neither county has reported any deaths.

Outbreaks in long-term care facilities, including rehabilitation and nursing homes, has increased to 28 across the state. One facility in Warren County is under investigation.

Long-term care facilities are considered high-risk environments due to the health and ages of the residents. Even one COVID-19 case in such a facility is reason for an MSDH investigation.

To date, no additional patients in the Warren County facility, which remains unnamed due to privacy concerns, have tested positive for COVID-19.

Of the 29 deaths reported to date in Mississippi, 25 have been people aged 60 and over, with 20 deaths in people over 70.

Thirty-one percent of all cases reported have been serious enough to require hospitalization, the highest rate of hospitalization in the nation, according to Mississippi Today.

Anyone with symptoms of fever, severe cough or severe chest pains – especially those who are older or in poor health – should call their doctor or health-care provider for instructions on safely being examined. Health-care providers can assess your health history and symptoms, and perform testing for COVID-19 as needed.

At this time, only people with symptoms will be tested, and you must call ahead for pre-screening.

For a list of providers offering testing in Mississippi, click here.

For more information, visit the MSDH website or call the Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (available 24/7) at 877-978-6453.

Mississippi COVID-19 cases to date

County Cases Deaths LTC Outbreaks
Adams 14
Alcorn 6
Amite 5 1 1
Attala 14
Benton 5
Bolivar 32 1 1
Calhoun 4 1
Carroll 5
Chickasaw 15 2 1
Choctaw 7
Claiborne 1
Clarke 4
Clay 7
Coahoma 26
Copiah 11
Covington 4
Desoto 111 1
Forrest 30 1
Franklin 3
George 4
Grenada 4
Hancock 28 1 2
Harrison 69 1 1
Hinds 139 2
Holmes 16 1
Humphreys 4 1
Itawamba 3
Jackson 75 1 1
Jasper 3
Jefferson 1
Jones 8
Kemper 4
Lafayette 21 1
Lamar 9
Lauderdale 50 3
Lawrence 5
Leake 7
Lee 26 1
Leflore 21 1 1
Lincoln 14 1
Lowndes 12
Madison 65 1
Marion 5 1
Marshall 19 1
Monroe 12 1 1
Montgomery 10 1
Neshoba 5
Newton 4 1
Noxubee 5
Oktibbeha 23 1
Panola 8 1
Pearl River 41 1
Perry 11 1
Pike 21
Pontotoc 11 1
Prentiss 9 1
Quitman 4
Rankin 64 1
Scott 17
Sharkey 2
Simpson 5
Smith 6 1
Sunflower 13 1
Tallahatchie 2
Tate 13
Tippah 30 3
Tishomingo 1
Tunica 14 1 1
Union 5 1
Walthall 11
Warren 2 1
Washington 31
Wayne 1
Webster 8 1
Wilkinson 22 2
Winston 11
Yalobusha 7
Yazoo 13 1 1
Total 1,358 29 28

 

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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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USM interim head coach tests positive for COVID-19

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Scotty Walden (photo courtesy USM Athletics)

The University of Southern Mississippi’s interim head football coach Scotty Walden has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Earlier this morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” Walden said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. “I am fine and have mild to no symptoms. I am quarantining back home until it is safe to rejoin the team. I want to thank Golden Eagle Nation for all of their support for our program during this difficult period. I want to thank our players and staff for continuing to be incredibly resilient during such an unstable time.

“Our team will continue to work diligently in preparation for our game this Saturday against Liberty.”

Walden is self isolating at his home and will continue to oversee the program remotely.

The Golden Eagles’ last two games were postponed due to COVID-19 concerns but as of now their game against Liberty this coming Saturday is still on schedule.

 

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Vicksburg Warren School Districts reports nine new COVID-19 cases and 64 in quarantine

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The Vicksburg Warren School District reports nine new COVID-19 cases in its schools for the week of Oct. 12 through Oct. 16.

In addition, 64 students, teachers and staff members are newly quarantined due to possible exposure to the virus during in the same time period.

Cases and quarantines were reported in the following schools:

Academy of Innovation
10 quarantined – students

Beechwood Elementary
2 new positive cases – staff
1 new positive case – student
5 quarantined – student

Bovina Elementary
1 new positive case – student

Dana Road Elementary
1 new positive case – teacher/staff
1 new positive case – student
12 quarantined – students

Warren Central High School
1 new positive case – student
20 quarantined – students

Warren Central Junior High
2 new positive cases – teachers/staff
7 quarantined – teachers/staff
10 quarantined – students

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