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Statewide new COVID-19 cases topped 1,000 again Wednesday; 12 cases reported in Warren County

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Mississippi’s number of new COVID-19 cases topped 1,000 again Wednesday.

In Warren County, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 12 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in the county to date is 1,137, and the county’s death toll is 35.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,081 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 69,374. With four of the last seven days reporting fewer than 1,000 cases, the seven-day average of new cases is 847.

MSDH reported Wednesday that 45 Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 1,989. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.8%, a rate that has held steady for at least two weeks.

The numbers of deaths can lag new cases by two weeks or more, which may be one reason deaths in the state had not risen dramatically until July 7 when 44 deaths were reported. In addition, 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.

COVID-19 cases and deaths in Warren County by age group as of Aug. 8 (Source: MSDH)

MSDH reported deaths in the following counties Wednesday:

County Deaths reported Wednesday
Adams 1
Clarke 2
Copiah 1
Covington 1
Forrest 1
George 1
Greene 1
Grenada 3
Hinds 2
Jackson 1
Lafayette 1
Lauderdale 1
Leake 1
Leflore 1
Lowndes 1
Madison 3
Marion 1
Montgomery 1
Rankin 2
Sunflower 2

Seventeen confirmed COVID-19 related deaths occurred between July 26 and Aug. 6, identified from death certificate reports. The additional deaths were reported in the following counties:

County Deaths identified from death certificates
Bolivar 1
George 1
Hancock 1
Jones/td> 3
Leflore 1
Neshoba 2
Panola 1
Rankin 1
Tishomingo 1
Tishomingo 1
Union 1
Washington 2
Webster 1

Deaths and new cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. MSDH usually reports new 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 has been steadily rising with new cases. On June 6, the number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at a low of 358. Since then, hospitalizations have nearly tripled. Three weeks ago, health officials began warning repeatedly that some hospitals were running out of ICU beds. That warning has become more urgent as the number of critical cases continues to rise.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, is 1,114. The number includes 956 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 158 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 325 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 192 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 49,836 through Sunday, Aug. 9. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 71.8% of the cumulative 69,374 cases reported as of Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Wednesday, July 22, was 762, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 727, or about 63.9% of the 1,137 cumulative cases reported Wednesday, Aug. 12. The county has an estimated 375 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 tests) as of Monday, Aug. 10, is 503,050 or about 16.9% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. The positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average) is about 15%, according to Johns Hopkins University, indicating Mississippi is not testing nearly enough, and results are probably an undercount of actual infections. The national rate is currently 7.4%, and a rate of 5% or less indicates adequate testing. Mississippi’s positivity rate has been the highest or among the highest in the nation for more than a week.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities is 179 Wednesday. About 42.9%, or 854, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities. Twelve of the 45 deaths reported Wednesday were in long-term care facilities.

In Warren County as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, MSDH reported that three long-term facilities were under investigation for active COVID-19 outbreaks:

  • Shady Lawn had seven cases among staff, 32 cases among residents and eight resident deaths.
  • The Bluffs had nine cases among staff and 27 among residents.
  • Vicksburg Convalescent had 11 cases among staff and four among residents.

A total of 18 deaths in the county were residents of LTC facilities.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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Vicksburg police arrest a knife-wielding suspect for meth possession

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Joshua Lisk (photo courtesy VPD)

A knife-wielding South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday in Vicksburg.

Police officers responded to a report of a man waving a large knife in the 3300 block of Clay Street. They found that Joshua Lisk, of Westminster, South Carolina, was in possession of methamphetamine.

Lisk appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of meth possession. Judge Penny Lawson set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues

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Ole Miss Rebels (photo courtesy Old Miss)

Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.

After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.

“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.

Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.

An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.

 

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Mississippi’s new COVID-19 cases continued to climb Wednesday; death reported in Warren County

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New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued a steady climb Wednesday in Mississippi as they have been doing for more than 10 days.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported five new COVID-19 cases Wednesday in Warren County and one new death, identified from a death certificate report. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,481, and the county’s death toll is 54.

Statewide, MSDH reported 876 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 106,817. The seven-day average of new cases is 654, higher by 241 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 Wednesday that 25 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,140. 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 25 deaths MSDH reported Wednesday, nine occurred between Oct. 11 and Oct. 13 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Wednesday
DeSoto 1
Jackson 1
Lamar 1
Lauderdale 1
Lincoln 1
Panola 1
Rankin 2
Washington 1

Sixteen COVID-19 related deaths occurred between July 28 and Oct. 8 and were identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified from death certificate reports
Amite 1
Clay 1
Coahoma 1
DeSoto 1
Grenada 1
Hinds 1
Leflore 1
Lowndes 1
Marshall 1
Oktibbeha 1
Pearl River 1
Pontotoc 1
Smith 1
Tallahatchie 1
Warren 1
Washington 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. 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 continued to drop through Oct. 3; however, hospitalizations have been showing a definite rise since then.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, is 600, about half of the late July peak of more than 1,200. The number includes 507 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 93 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 145 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 69 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 94,165 through Sunday, Oct. 11. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 88.2% of the cumulative 106,817 cases reported Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Wednesday, Sept. 23, was 1,384, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,330, or about 89.8% of the 1,481 cumulative cases reported as of Wednesday, Oct. 14. The county has an estimated 97 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 Sunday, Oct. 3 (the latest date available from MSDH), is 863,957 or about 29% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. The positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average) was 6.3% Sunday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 5.1%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities is 127 Wednesday. About 40.4%, or 1,269, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 25 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 Sept. 27.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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