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No new COVID-19 cases in Warren County Thursday; statewide cases at 8,686 and deaths at 386

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The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting no additional COVID-19 cases in Warren County Thursday. The number of cases stands at 90. The county’s death toll is also unchanged and stands at two. Eleven cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation in the county, also unchanged since Wednesday.

Statewide, MSDH reports 22 COVID-19 deaths Thursday, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 396.

Nine of Thursday’s reported deaths were from prior weeks identified through death certificate investigation.

MSDH is also reporting another big rise in new COVID-19 cases Thursday with 262, bringing the total of confirmed cases in Mississippi to 8,686.

Deaths and new cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

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.

The number of individual COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities total 1,037, an increase of 29 since yesterday, and deaths among residents total 169, an increase of six. About 12% of the state’s cases and 42.7% of the state’s deaths are people from long-term care facilities. The number of active outbreaks under investigation is 114, down three since yesterday. Mississippi is paying special attention to any outbreaks in these facilities and 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 care facilities, and psychiatric or chemical dependency residential treatment centers.

Neighboring Hinds County, still the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 600 cases as of Thursday, an increase of 12 since Wednesday, and 11 deaths (unchanged). Six of the deaths in Hinds were residents in long-term care facilities. Twenty cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation in Hinds County.

In other neighboring counties, Yazoo County reports 154 cases, down one since yesterday and two deaths, unchanged. Claiborne reports 33 cases, and Sharkey reports five cases, both unchanged since yesterday. Neither Yazoo, Claiborne or Sharkey counties have reported outbreaks in long-term care facilities. Neither Claiborne nor Sharkey has any reported deaths from the virus. 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 12 counties report more than 200. Deaths reported in the counties are in the single digits except for Adams (11, up one), Forrest (18, up one), Hinds (11, unchanged), Holmes (16, up four), Jackson (11, up one), Lauderdale (40, unchanged), Leflore (18, unchanged), Lincoln (12, unchanged), Madison (12, up one), Monroe (20, unchanged), Neshoba (11, unchanged), Pearl River (24, up three), and Tippah (10, unchanged) counties. No counties were added to that list Thursday.

Other data has not been updated by MSDH as of this writing.

Mississippi COVID-19 total cases and deaths, and long-term care facility cases and deaths, to date:

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 157 11 38 5
Alcorn 10 1 0 0
Amite 33 0 1 0
Attala 170 3 41 3
Benton 13 0 1 0
Bolivar 115 8 16 2
Calhoun 57 4 23 4
Carroll 99 3 39 2
Chickasaw 84 9 25 6
Choctaw 14 2 0 0
Claiborne 33 0 0 0
Clarke 71 6 12 3
Clay 63 3 0 0
Coahoma 70 3 0 0
Copiah 141 1 2 1
Covington 84 0 0 0
Desoto 320 5 1 1
Forrest 283 18 29 9
Franklin 18 1 0 0
George 15 1 0 0
Greene 6 1 0 0
Grenada 45 2 14 2
Hancock 72 9 6 3
Harrison 188 6 1 1
Hinds 600 11 20 6
Holmes 190 16 28 5
Humphreys 28 4 7 2
Itawamba 66 6 32 5
Jackson 272 11 39 2
Jasper 76 2 0 0
Jefferson 30 0 0 0
Jefferson Davis 47 1 2 0
Jones 209 4 17 0
Kemper 84 6 19 3
Lafayette 96 3 36 0
Lamar 136 4 2 1
Lauderdale 450 40 113 25
Lawrence 61 0 1 0
Leake 267 2 0 0
Lee 73 4 5 0
Leflore 180 18 44 8
Lincoln 179 12 54 8
Lowndes 71 3 7 2
Madison 333 12 42 9
Marion 80 7 14 2
Marshall 50 2 0 0
Monroe 188 20 91 18
Montgomery 56 1 0 0
Neshoba 261 11 27 3
Newton 121 0 1 0
Noxubee 97 2 9 2
Oktibbeha 62 4 11 3
Panola 43 2 0 0
Pearl River 188 24 42 6
Perry 33 1 0 0
Pike 162 9 14 4
Pontotoc 22 2 4 0
Prentiss 33 2 20 2
Quitman 16 0 0 0
Rankin 231 6 6 0
Scott 423 5 9 1
Sharkey 5 0 0 0
Simpson 56 0 2 0
Smith 95 6 24 3
Stone 23 0 0 0
Sunflower 61 3 0 0
Tallahatchie 12 1 0 0
Tate 48 0 1 0
Tippah 61 10 0 0
Tishomingo 8 0 1 0
Tunica 39 2 12 2
Union 41 3 11 2
Walthall 36 0 0 0
Warren 90 2 11 0
Washington 78 3 4 1
Wayne 27 0 1 0
Webster 21 1 0 0
Wilkinson 74 9 5 2
Winston 57 0 0 0
Yalobusha 25 0 0 0
Yazoo 154 2 0 0
Total 8,686 396 1,037 169

 

 

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USM interim head coach tests positive for COVID-19

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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

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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

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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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