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Seventh COVID-19 death in Warren County and four new cases reported Monday

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Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports the seventh COVID-19 death in Warren County and four new confirmed cases. The cumulative number of cases in the county is now 154, and the county’s death toll from the virus stands at seven, including five residents of long-term care facilities. Monday’s death was in a long-term care facility. The county has 36 cases in one long-term facility under investigation.

MSDH is reporting 10 deaths in the following counties Monday:

County Deaths reported Monday
Bolivar 1
Claiborne 1
Forrest 1
Jones 2
Lamar 1
Lauderdale 1
Leflore 1
Warren 1
Yalobusha 1

About half of the 635 total deaths in Mississippi have been people who resided in long-term care facilities (322).

MSDH has updated the estimated number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 9,401 through Sunday, May 24. That figure represents about 70% of the cumulative 13,458 cases reported as of Monday, May 25. This figure will be updated weekly.

Based on the number of cases reported Monday, May 3, in Warren County (83), the estimated number of people presumed recovered is 76, with 78 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).

Long-term care facilities

Many of the new cases and deaths in Mississippi are reflected in cases and deaths in the state’s long-term care facilities. The number of individual COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities total 1,706 Saturday, an increase of 60 cases since Saturday. Deaths among residents total 322, an increase of 13. About 12.7% of the state’s cases and 50.7% of the state’s deaths from the virus are people from long-term care facilities. The number of active outbreaks under investigation is 118, an decrease of 10 overnight.

Lauderdale County in East Central Mississippi has the highest number of cases and deaths in long-term care facilities in the state, with 181 cases and 37 deaths Monday. It also has among the highest total COVID-19 cases and deaths reported in the state with 680 cases and 56 deaths as of Monday.

Mississippi is paying special attention to any outbreaks in these facilities. 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.

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Neighboring Hinds County, the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 898 cases Monday, an increase of 21 since Saturday, and 24 deaths. Thirteen of the deaths in Hinds were residents in long-term care facilities, and 78 cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation.

In other neighboring counties:

Yazoo County reports 219 cases Monday, an increase of 15 since Saturday, and two deaths, unchanged. Yazoo is reporting 10 cases under investigation in long-term care facilities, an increase of two.

Claiborne County reports 58 cases and two deaths (both increased by one since Saturday). One death was a resident in a long-term care facility and two cases in a long-term care facilities are under investigation.

Sharkey County reports seven cases, no deaths and no outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

Issaquena County remains the only county in the state without any reported cases.

In all, 42 Mississippi counties now report more than 100 cases each, and 23 counties report 200 or more. Hinds, Lauderdale, Madison, Scott, Neshoba, Forrest, Desoto and Jones counties report more than 400 cases. Only Greene, Sharkey and Issaquena counties report fewer than 10 cases.

Ten counties report no deaths from the virus. Most other Mississippi counties report deaths in the single digits. The following 26 counties report 10 or more deaths: Adams (15, unchanged since Saturday), Attala (14, up two), Bolivar (11, up one), Carroll (10), Chickasaw (12, unchanged), Clarke (16, unchanged), Forrest (35, up two), Hancock (11, unchanged), Hinds (24, unchanged), Holmes (23, unchanged), Jackson (13, unchanged), Jones (15, up two), Kemper (10, unchanged), Lauderdale (56, up two), Leake (10), Leflore (26, up one), Lincoln (20, unchanged), Madison (21, unchanged), Monroe (24, unchanged), Neshoba (31, up one), Oktibbeha (10, unchanged), Pearl River (27, unchanged), Pike (11, unchanged), Scott (10, unchanged), Smith (10, unchanged) and Tippah (11, unchanged). Carroll and Leake counties were added to this list since Saturday.

Additional information can be found on the MSDH website.

Totals of reported cases since March 11, including those in long-term care facilities:

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 188 15 39 8
Alcorn 14 1 0 0
Amite 52 1 7 1
Attala 273 14 79 13
Benton 15 0 1 0
Bolivar 141 11 17 4
Calhoun 60 4 23 4
Carroll 113 10 45 8
Chickasaw 127 12 34 8
Choctaw 32 2 0 0
Claiborne 58 2 2 1
Clarke 131 16 17 7
Clay 99 3 0 0
Coahoma 106 3 0 0
Copiah 284 4 0 0
Covington 131 1 1 0
Desoto 474 6 15 2
Forrest 486 35 86 24
Franklin 25 2 2 1
George 20 1 0 0
Greene 7 1 0 0
Grenada 75 2 14 2
Hancock 88 11 9 3
Harrison 237 6 3 1
Hinds 898 24 78 13
Holmes 369 23 77 11
Humphreys 53 7 16 5
Issaquena 0 0 0 0
Itawamba 85 7 35 6
Jackson 296 13 40 4
Jasper 145 3 1 0
Jefferson 40 0 0 0
Jefferson Davis 71 2 3 1
Jones 492 15 54 7
Kemper 127 10 29 6
Lafayette 124 3 37 0
Lamar 220 5 5 2
Lauderdale 680 56 181 37
Lawrence 94 1 1 0
Leake 388 10 1 0
Lee 108 5 12 1
Leflore 241 26 74 13
Lincoln 245 20 81 16
Lowndes 164 7 18 4
Madison 653 21 89 12
Marion 110 8 14 2
Marshall 71 3 2 0
Monroe 246 24 92 21
Montgomery 80 1 0 0
Neshoba 514 31 65 17
Newton 227 3 3 0
Noxubee 165 6 14 3
Oktibbeha 139 10 36 7
Panola 62 2 0 0
Pearl River 205 27 44 9
Perry 49 2 0 0
Pike 200 11 14 6
Pontotoc 26 3 3 1
Prentiss 39 3 22 3
Quitman 24 0 0 0
Rankin 356 6 5 0
Scott 592 10 13 2
Sharkey 7 0 0 0
Simpson 85 0 4 0
Smith 131 10 30 7
Stone 30 0 0 0
Sunflower 79 3 0 0
Tallahatchie 24 1 0 0
Tate 59 1 2 0
Tippah 70 11 0 0
Tishomingo 25 0 1 0
Tunica 48 3 12 2
Union 72 5 20 4
Walthall 49 0 0 0
Warren 154 7 36 5
Washington 153 5 7 1
Wayne 125 0 2 0
Webster 28 1 0 0
Wilkinson 84 9 5 2
Winston 98 1 0 0
Yalobusha 84 5 24 5
Yazoo 219 2 10 0
Total 13,458 635 1,706 322

 

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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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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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