The Mississippi State Department of Health is again reporting 32 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, tying the most deaths reported from the virus in one day with Tuesday’s toll. The number of deaths in the state is now 374.
Five of Wednesday’s reported deaths were from prior weeks identified through a death certificate investigation.
MSDH is also reporting another rise in new COVID-19 cases Wednesday with 217, bringing the total of confirmed cases in Mississippi to 8,424.
Deaths and new cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.
In an interview Sunday, Gov. Tate Reeves indicated that the 397 new cases reported Friday were due to a data dump over an unspecified period from one private laboratory, not a big one-day spike. Since then, MSDH has had two days of more than 300 cases, Monday with 327 cases and Tuesday with 330.
MSDH is reporting an additional two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Warren County bringing the cumulative number of cases to 90 Wednesday. The county’s death toll is unchanged and stands at two. Eleven cases in two long-term care facilities are under investigation in the county, an increase of five cases since yesterday.
The number of estimated COVID-19 cases presumed recovered in Mississippi is 4,421 as of Sunday, May 3. 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 COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities total 1,008, an increase of 43 since yesterday, and deaths among residents total 163, an increase of 38. About 44% of the state’s deaths are people from long-term care facilities. The number of active outbreaks under investigation is 117, up six since yesterday. 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 car, e facilities, and psychiatric or chemical dependency residential treatment centers.
Neighboring Hinds County, still the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 588 cases as of Wednesday, an increase of 23 since Tuesday, and 11 deaths (up two). Six of the deaths in Hinds were residents in long-term care facilities. Eighteen cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation in Hinds County.
In other neighboring counties, Claiborne reports 33 cases, and Sharkey reports five cases, both unchanged since yesterday. Neither Claiborne nor Sharkey has any reported deaths from the virus, nor have they reported outbreaks in long-term care facilities. Yazoo County reports 155 cases, up one since yesterday, and two deaths. Issaquena County remains the only county in the state without any reported cases.
In all, 26 Mississippi counties are now reporting more than 100 cases each, and 10 counties report more than 200 cases. Seventeen counties have not reported any deaths.
Among the counties reporting deaths, all are in the single digits except for Adams (10), Forrest (17, up three), Hinds (11), Holmes (12, up two), Jackson (10), Lauderdale (40, up seven), Leflore (18, unchanged), Lincoln (12, unchanged), Madison (11, unchanged), Monroe (20, up four), Neshoba (11, up one) Pearl River (21, up one) and Tippah (10, unchanged) counties. Adams, Hinds and Jackson counties were added to that list Wednesday.
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 Wednesday, 56.5% of cases (3,878) and 54.8% of COVID-19 deaths (170) in Mississippi were among African Americans.
COVID-19 cases are also skewed toward women, with 58.8% of cases among women.
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 334 cases, up 23 since yesterday. As of Wednesday, MSDH reports 29 cases in infants less than 1 year old, up one 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 Monday evening, 882 of Mississippi’s cumulative 1,396 hospitalizations, or 63.2%, were among people over 60 and 87.7% of the state’s deaths (328) have been people over 60.
Current hospitalizations among people with confirmed COVID-19 infections decreased by 25 Tuesday to 427 patients. Another 191 hospitalized people 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.
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 18.8% as of Wednesday. The national average for hospitalizations has seen a steady rise and 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 4 is 80,308, with 66,941 tests, or about 83.4%, performed by private labs. About 10.2% 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. As of May 4, Mississippi has tested about 2.7% of the total population.
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.
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 cases and deaths, and long-term care facility cases and deaths, to date:
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Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19
University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.
“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”
Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.
“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”
No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.
Vicksburg police arrest a knife-wielding suspect for meth possession
A knife-wielding South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday in Vicksburg.
Police officers responded to a report of a man waving a large knife in the 3300 block of Clay Street. They found that Joshua Lisk, of Westminster, South Carolina, was in possession of methamphetamine.
Lisk appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of meth possession. Judge Penny Lawson set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.
Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues
Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.
After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.
“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”
The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.
Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.
An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.
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