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Mississippi reports third consecutive day of more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday

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

Nationwide, hospitalizations have nearly doubled in the past two weeks, and hospitals in many areas are reporting they’re at or near a breaking point. This is the situation every effort at containing the virus has sought to avoid: overloading the nation’s health care system beyond its capacity to cope with the pandemic.

The surge in cases across the country has exceeded that of the surge this summer, with records being shattered nearly every day. Thursday’s cases exceeded 160,000 and at least 1,172 Americans died.

In Warren County, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported four new COVID-19 cases Friday and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,638, and the county’s death toll is 56. So far, the county has not been affected by the surge in Mississippi and across the nation. The last reported death in Warren county was Oct. 26.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,305 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 131,970. The seven-day average of new cases is 1,016.6, two and a half times higher than the seven-cay 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 Friday that five more Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,519. 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.

The five deaths MSDH reported Friday occurred between Nov. 10 and Nov. 12 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Friday
Desoto 1
Grenada 1
Jackson 2
Yalobusha 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. 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. Wednesday, Nov. 11, was 774, about 65% of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 683 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 91 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 194 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 86 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 84.4% of the cumulative 131,970 cases reported as of Friday, Nov. 13.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Friday, Oct. 23, was 1,543, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,487, or about 90.8% of the 1,638 cumulative cases reported as of Friday, Nov. 13. The county has an estimated 95 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 15.6% Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 9.1%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 140 Friday. About 38.9%, or 1,368, 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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UMMC beginning trial of COVID-19 vaccine

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson will begin a trial for a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as next week.

As many as 60,000 participants worldwide will take part in the trial, with up to 2,000 from Mississippi, WAPT reports.

“The great news is that we’re actually launching enrollment for our trial the first part of next week. We’ve been preparing extensively,” Dr. Gailen Marshall, executive director of the Mississippi Clinical Research and Trial Center, told the station.

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VIDEO – Gov. Reeves provides an update on COVID-19 from home

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Gov. Tate Reeves providing a COVID-19 update from home Nov. 12 (image from video screen capture)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves provided an update on COVID-19 including an update on the health of his family.

Reeves’ youngest daughter tested positive for the virus earlier this week and his two other daughters have possibly been exposed to the virus. The family is self-isolating at home.

“We are seeing more and more challenges within our health care system,” Reeves said, citing statistics of rapidly increasing hospitalizations throughout the state. Wednesday, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said that no intensive care beds were available in Jackson for any patients, not just COVID-19 patients.

At this time, 15 Mississippi counties are under mask mandates and other extended restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. Reeves said he had no intentions of following any national mandates from the White House on shut downs should such mandates come from the new administration.

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Mississippi reports 1,271 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

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Mississippi reported a second consecutive day of more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. With increased cases come increased hospitalizations. State health officials warned Wednesday that unless changes were made immediately, Mississippi could see a critical shortage of first line care for seriously ill and injured patients.

Nationally, the pandemic continues to break records for cases and hospitalizations. More than 142,000 new cases were reported Wednesday, and 65,368 Americans were hospitalized. Hospitalizations have more than doubled in just over a month. The seven-day average for new cases is nearly 70% higher than the average two weeks ago. At least 1,431 deaths were reported Wednesday nationwide, an increase of 36% in two weeks.

In Warren County, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported four new COVID-19 cases Thursday and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,634, and the county’s death toll is 56.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,271 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 130,665. The seven-day average of new cases is 968.3, 321 cases higher than 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 Thursday that 17 more Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,514. 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 17 deaths MSDH reported Thursday, 16 occurred between Nov. 5 and Nov. 11 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Thursday
Alcorn 1
Benton 1
Hancock 1
Harrison 2
Hinds 1
Itawamba 1
Jasper 1
Lafayette 2
Marshall 1
Oktibbeha 1
Tate 2
Tippah 1
Yalobusha 1

One additional COVID-19 related death occurred Nov. 5 in Madison County and was identified from a death certificate report.

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11. 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. Tuesday, Nov. 10, was 756, well over half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 669 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 87 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 191 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 78 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 85.3% of the cumulative 130,665 cases reported as of Thursday, Nov. 12.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Thursday, Oct. 22, was 1,536, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,480, or about 90.6% of the 1,634 cumulative cases reported as of Thursday, Nov. 12. The county has an estimated 98 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% Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 8.7%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 126 Thursday. About 38.8%, or 1,365, 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 Oct. 25.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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