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:
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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.
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.