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New COVID-19 cases spike again in Mississippi with 259; three new cases in Warren County



Mississippi saw another big spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases overnight. The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting Thursday that the number of new COVID-19 cases is 259, bringing the total of cases to 5,153. of 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

Another eight Mississippians died of the virus yesterday, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 201.

In addition, MSDH reports three additional confirmed cases in Warren County bringing the number of cases to 32. 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 (515, up 45 since yesterday) in its chart, instead of the number of facilities under investigation. The number of facilities under investigation is 74, unchanged 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.

Neighboring Hinds County, which remains the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 383 cases today, an increase of six since yesterday, and six deaths. Nine cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation in Hinds County, an increase of three since yesterday.

In other neighboring counties, Claiborne reports 12 cases (unchanged), and Sharkey reports four cases, reporting one new case. Neither Claiborne nor Sharkey has any reported deaths from the virus. Yazoo County reports 110 cases, up three 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, 52.7% of cases (2,718) and 62.7% of COVID-19 deaths (126) 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 144 cases, up 10 since yesterday. As of Thursday, 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, 604 of Mississippi’s 945 hospitalizations, or 63.9%, were among people over 60, and 89% of the state’s deaths (179) have been people over 60.

The rate of hospitalizations for those diagnosed with COVID-19 continues to drop. From a high of more than 30%, the rate stands at 20.9% as of Thursday. 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 21 was 53,835, with 42,950 tests performed by private labs. The number of tests completed by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory through April 22 is 10,968, with 1,259 positive results, a rate of 11.5%.

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 LTC Facility Cases
Adams 101 7 14
Alcorn 8 0 0
Amite 24 1 2
Attala 62 0 4
Benton 9 0 0
Bolivar 89 7 13
Calhoun 43 2 19
Carroll 15 1 0
Chickasaw 52 4 16
Choctaw 13 1 0
Claiborne 12 0 0
Clarke 37 3 9
Clay 28 2 0
Coahoma 53 2 1
Copiah 59 1 1
Covington 40 0 0
Desoto 252 4 2
Forrest 164 6 15
Franklin 17 0 0
George 10 1 0
Greene 4 0 0
Grenada 27 0 14
Hancock 55 5 6
Harrison 152 6 2
Hinds 383 6 9
Holmes 83 5 11
Humphreys 14 3 1
Itawamba 30 1 11
Jackson 228 6 34
Jasper 27 1 0
Jefferson 5 0 0
Jefferson Davis 13 1 0
Jones 94 0 4
Kemper 27 0 1
Lafayette 81 3 10
Lamar 79 2 0
Lauderdale 249 18 64
Lawrence 25 0 0
Leake 118 1 0
Lee 66 4 4
Leflore 119 13 26
Lincoln 125 7 41
Lowndes 36 1 2
Madison 165 4 10
Marion 53 4 12
Marshall 40 2 0
Monroe 109 9 44
Montgomery 16 1 0
Neshoba 102 2 1
Newton 45 0 1
Noxubee 29 0 0
Oktibbeha 45 3 6
Panola 38 2 0
Pearl River 142 11 28
Perry 23 1 0
Pike 126 3 8
Pontotoc 18 2 1
Prentiss 29 0 17
Quitman 14 0 0
Rankin 153 4 4
Scott 177 0 7
Sharkey 4 0 0
Simpson 33 0 2
Smith 53 3 17
Stone 22 0 0
Sunflower 51 2 0
Tallahatchie 9 1 0
Tate 35 0 1
Tippah 49 7 0
Tishomingo 5 0 0
Tunica 34 1 12
Union 14 1 0
Walthall 27 0 0
Warren 32 2 0
Washington 71 3 4
Wayne 17 0 0
Webster 16 1 0
Wilkinson 65 6 4
Winston 37 0 0
Yalobusha 17 0 0
Yazoo 110 1 0
Total 5,153 201 515



USM interim head coach tests positive for 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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Warren County reports 55th COVID-19 death



The Mississippi State Department of Health reported six new COVID-19 cases Tuesday in Warren County and one new death, a resident in one of the county’s long-term health facilities. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,527, and the county’s death toll is 55.

Statewide, MSDH reported 730 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 111,322. The seven-day average of new cases is 769, higher by 270 cases 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 Tuesday that 31 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,202. 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 31 deaths MSDH reported Tuesday, 22 occurred between Aug. 6 and Oct. 18 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Tuesday
Attala 1
Bolivar 1
Chickasaw 1
Clarke 1
Grenada 1
Harrison 2
Hinds 1
Jackson 3
Jasper 1
Leflore 1
Lincoln 1
Noxubee 1
Panola 1
Pearl River 2
Pike 1
Tippah 1
Tishomingo 1
Warren 1

Nine COVID-19 related deaths occurred between Sept. 18 and Oct. 10 and were identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths reported on death certificate reports
Adams 1
Bolivar 1
De Soto 1
Greene 1
Hinds 1
Lauderdale 1
Leake 1
Madison 1
Simpson 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. 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 87.7% of the cumulative 111,322 cases reported Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Tuesday, Sept. 29, was 1,415, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,360, or about 89.1% of the 1,527 cumulative cases reported as of Tuesday, Oct. 20. The county has an estimated 112 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 17.7% Monday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.3%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities is 127 Tuesday. About 40.3%, or 1,289, 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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