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Seven new COVID-19 cases in Warren County, 227 statewide and 11 deaths

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The Mississippi State Department of Health reports seven additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in Warren County bringing the cumulative number of cases to 65 on Wednesday. The county’s death toll is unchanged and stands at two.

Mississippi is still seeing a steep rise in new COVID-19 cases. New cases reported as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 is 227, bringing the total of cases to 6,569.

Eleven Mississippians died of the virus yesterday, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 250.

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 cases in long-term care facilities is 752, up 31 since yesterday. The number of facilities under active investigation is 88, a decrease of one 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 care facilities, and psychiatric or chemical dependency residential treatment centers.

Neighboring Hinds County, still the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 450 cases today, an increase of 15 since yesterday, and seven deaths, unchanged. Thirteen cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation in Hinds County, also unchanged since yesterday.

In other neighboring counties, Claiborne reports 20 cases, up once since yesterday, and Sharkey reports five cases, unchanged since yesterday. Neither Claiborne nor Sharkey has any reported deaths from the virus. Yazoo County reports 134 cases, up five since yesterday and one death. Issaquena County remains the only county in the state without any reported cases.

In all, 20 Mississippi counties are reporting more than 125 cases each. Deaths reported in the counties are in the single digits except for Forrest (10) Lauderdale (19), Leflore (16), Monroe (13) and Pearl River (18) counties. Forrest County was added to that list today.

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, 52.3% of cases (3,433) and 58% of COVID-19 deaths (145) 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.

Source: MSDH

All age groups have been affected by the disease, including children under 18, with 211 cases, up 14 since yesterday. As of today, MSDH reports 15 cases in infants less than one 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 Tuesday evening, 719 of Mississippi’s cumulative 1,126 hospitalizations, or 63.9%, were among people over 60, and 90% of the state’s deaths (225) have been people over 60.

Current hospitalizations increased Tuesday to 430 in patients with confirmed COVID-19 infections, an increase of one patient. Another 247 hospitalized patients are suspected of being infected but have not been confirmed. The number of patients in intensive care units and on ventilators both dropped Tuesday, and the overall trend seems to be holding fairly steady.

Source: MSDH

The rate of hospitalizations for those diagnosed with COVID-19 continues to drop and is now below the national average. From a high of more than 30%, the rate stands at 19.5% as of Tuesday. The national average for hospitalizations has seen a steady rise and now stands at 29.2 per 100,000 for the week ending April 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; however, the rate skyrockets to 95.5 per 100,000 for those 65 and older.

The number of people tested in Mississippi as of April 28 is 66,094, with 53,759 tests performed by private labs. The number of tests completed by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory through April 28 is 12,335, with 1,462 positive results, a rate of 11.9%.

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. 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 129 8 22
Alcorn 10 1 0
Amite 26 0 1
Attala 94 0 26
Benton 9 0 0
Bolivar 101 7 13
Calhoun 51 3 22
Carroll 25 1 2
Chickasaw 68 7 22
Choctaw 13 1 0
Claiborne 20 0 0
Clarke 53 3 10
Clay 34 2 0
Coahoma 61 3 1
Copiah 88 1 1
Covington 55 0 0
Desoto 277 4 2
Forrest 198 10 19
Franklin 16 1 0
George 13 1 0
Greene 5 1 0
Grenada 28 0 14
Hancock 61 5 7
Harrison 171 6 1
Hinds 450 7 13
Holmes 129 5 27
Humphreys 22 3 1
Issaquena 0 0 0
Itawamba 51 2 28
Jackson 255 6 39
Jasper 34 1 0
Jefferson 23 0 0
Jefferson Davis 31 1 1
Jones 136 1 10
Kemper 56 1 12
Lafayette 88 3 35
Lamar 102 2 0
Lauderdale 334 19 75
Lawrence 42 0 1
Leake 190 2 0
Lee 70 4 5
Leflore 145 16 28
Lincoln 141 9 47
Lowndes 49 2 3
Madison 224 8 28
Marion 69 5 13
Marshall 42 2 0
Monroe 157 13 79
Montgomery 20 1 0
Neshoba 174 3 3
Newton 78 0 1
Noxubee 61 0 8
Oktibbeha 49 3 7
Panola 38 2 0
Pearl River 157 18 31
Perry 26 1 0
Pike 143 7 12
Pontotoc 18 2 1
Prentiss 32 1 20
Quitman 14 0 0
Rankin 182 5 6
Scott 296 0 8
Sharkey 5 0 0
Simpson 45 0 2
Smith 73 4 20
Stone 22 0 0
Sunflower 53 2 0
Tallahatchie 11 1 0
Tate 41 0 1
Tippah 53 7 0
Tishomingo 7 0 1
Tunica 35 1 12
Union 16 1 2
Walthall 30 0 0
Warren 65 2 0
Washington 77 3 4
Wayne 20 0 0
Webster 17 1 0
Wilkinson 69 7 5
Winston 43 0 0
Yalobusha 19 0 0
Yazoo 134 1 0
Total 6,569 250 752

 

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Mississippi Rental Assistance grant applications being accepted

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Applications for the Mississippi Rental Assistance Grant Program are being accepted by the Mississippi Development Authority as of Thursday.

The program is designed for landlords with tenants who have fallen behind on rent due to COVID-19. The program will cover rent going back to March for tenants who have been unable to pay because they lost their job or have reduced income due to COVID-19.

Landlords are eligible for up to $30,000 and must credit grant funds to their tenants’ past due rents. Renters cannot apply directly for this program and should contact their landlords about applying on their behalf. Both small and large landlords can apply for the program.

Landlords should visit www.mississippi.org/mrap to learn more about the program and apply. The application deadline is Nov. 15.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise with increased cases

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Mississippi is seeing a steady rise in hospitalizations for confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19. The rise is consistent with the rise in new cases. The Magnolia State is among numerous other U.S. states that are seeing a rise in cases. Daily new cases in the U.S. are now averaging more than 60,000, a 32% increase in the past two weeks. Major new outbreaks have been reported in the rural Midwest and Rocky Mountain states.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported four new COVID-19 cases Thursday in Warren County and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,536, and the county’s death toll is 55.

Statewide, MSDH reported 958 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 113,081. The seven-day average of new cases is 706, higher by 206 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 Thursday that eight additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,231. 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.

The eights deaths MSDH reported Thursday occurred between Oct. 18 and Oct. 21 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Thursday
Benton 1
Chickasaw 1
Covington 1
Desoto 1
Jackson 1
Lafayette 1
Lincoln 1
Marshall 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. 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 rising since then.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, is 711, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 605 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 106 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 151 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 73 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 86.4% of the cumulative 113,081 cases reported Thursday, Oct. 22.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Thursday, Oct. 1, was 1,423, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,368, or about 89% of the 1,536 cumulative cases reported as of Thursday, Oct. 22. The county has an estimated 113 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. 10, 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 17.6% Wednesday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.6%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 126 Tuesday. About 40.2%, or 1,298, 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. 11.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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

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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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