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New COVID-19 cases shoot up again in Mississippi by 281; seven new cases in Warren County



COVID-19 Update

Mississippi saw yet another big spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases overnight. The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting Friday that the number of new COVID-19 cases is 281, bringing the total of cases to 5,434. of 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 22

Another eight Mississippians died of the virus yesterday, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 209.

In addition, MSDH reports seven additional confirmed cases in Warren County bringing the number of cases to 39. The county’s death toll stands at two.

MSDH has changed the way it is reporting outbreaks in long-term care facilities, now showing the number of individual cases in the facilities (552, up 37 since yesterday) in its chart, instead of the number of facilities under investigation. The number of facilities under investigation remains at 74, unchanged for several days. Even one case is a long-term care facility is considered an outbreak because of the ages and poor health of many residents.

Neighboring Hinds County, which remains the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 401 cases today, an increase of 18 since yesterday, and six deaths. Ten cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation in Hinds County, an increase of one since yesterday.

In other neighboring counties, Claiborne reports 13 cases, an increase of one, and Sharkey reports four cases, unchanged since yesterday. Neither Claiborne nor Sharkey has any reported deaths from the virus. Yazoo County reports 117 cases, up seven since yesterday and one death. Issaquena County remains the only county in the state without any reported cases.

MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each morning based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

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 today, 52.6% of cases (2,860) and 61.2% of COVID-19 deaths (128) in Mississippi were among African Americans.

Almost all of 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 death from COVID-19.

All age groups have been affected by the disease, including children under 18, with 159 cases, up 15 since yesterday. As of Friday, MSDH reports eight cases in infants less than one year old, unchanged 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, 614 of Mississippi’s 968 hospitalizations, or 63.4%, were among people over 60, and 89.5% of the state’s deaths (187) have been people over 60.

Total hospitalizations continue to rise, although the number of patients in intensive care units and on ventilators has been fairly flat.

The rate of hospitalizations for those diagnosed with COVID-19 continues to drop. From a high of more than 30%, the rate stands at 20.1% as of Friday. The national average for hospitalizations from the virus is 20 per 100,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; however, the rate skyrockets to 63.8 per 100,000 for those 65 and older.

The number of people tested in Mississippi as of April 22 was 55,389, with 44,421 tests performed by private labs. The number of tests completed by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory through April 23 is 11,314, with 1,330 positive results, a rate of 11.8%.

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. Healthcare 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.

Find a COVID-19 testing provider near you

For more information, visit the MSDH website or call the hotline at 877-978-6453, available 24/7.

Mississippi COVID-19 cases, deaths and cases in long-term care facilities to date:


County Total Cases Total Deaths Total Cases in LTC Facilities
Adams 104 7 14
Alcorn 9 0 0
Amite 23 0 1
Attala 68 0 8
Benton 9 0 0
Bolivar 90 7 13
Calhoun 46 3 22
Carroll 15 1 0
Chickasaw 53 4 16
Choctaw 13 1 0
Claiborne 13 0 0
Clarke 43 3 9
Clay 29 2 0
Coahoma 54 2 1
Copiah 65 1 1
Covington 43 0 0
Desoto 256 4 2
Forrest 174 7 16
Franklin 16 0 0
George 11 1 0
Greene 4 1 0
Grenada 27 0 14
Hancock 56 5 7
Harrison 157 6 1
Hinds 401 6 10
Holmes 92 5 16
Humphreys 14 3 1
Itawamba 32 1 13
Jackson 235 6 35
Jasper 29 1 0
Jefferson 5 0 0
Jefferson Davis 19 1 0
Jones 104 0 6
Kemper 31 0 1
Lafayette 83 3 16
Lamar 82 2 0
Lauderdale 268 18 65
Lawrence 26 0 1
Leake 136 1 0
Lee 70 4 4
Leflore 124 14 26
Lincoln 132 7 44
Lowndes 38 2 2
Madison 178 4 10
Marion 55 4 12
Marshall 40 2 0
Monroe 117 9 49
Montgomery 17 1 0
Neshoba 116 2 1
Newton 51 0 1
Noxubee 35 0 0
Oktibbeha 46 3 6
Panola 38 2 0
Pearl River 144 13 28
Perry 23 1 0
Pike 127 4 8
Pontotoc 18 2 1
Prentiss 29 0 17
Quitman 14 0 0
Rankin 154 4 4
Scott 200 0 7
Sharkey 4 0 0
Simpson 36 0 2
Smith 55 3 17
Stone 22 0 0
Sunflower 51 2 0
Tallahatchie 11 1 0
Tate 38 0 1
Tippah 50 7 0
Tishomingo 7 0 0
Tunica 34 1 12
Union 14 1 1
Walthall 27 0 1
Warren 39 2 0
Washington 74 3 4
Wayne 16 0 0
Webster 17 1 0
Wilkinson 66 7 5
Winston 38 0 0
Yalobusha 17 0 0
Yazoo 117 1 0
Total 5,434 209 552



801 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday in Mississippi; seven-day average a third higher than last month



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



USM interim head coach COVID-19
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



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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