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PROCLAMATION REGARDING THE RE-OPENING OF VICKSBURG WHILE MINIMIZING THE RISK OF INFECTION AND TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, EFFECTIVE MONDAY OCTOBER 5, 2020, AT 8:00 A.M THROUGH 8:00 A.M. ON NOVEMBER 2, 2020

WHEREAS, pursuant to §§45-17-1 through 45-17-13, and §33-15-17 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, the Mayor is authorized to proclaim that a Civil Emergency exists defined as any natural disaster or man-made calamity resulting in the death or injury of persons to such an extent that extraordinary measures must be taken to protect the public health, safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, §21-19-3 gives municipalities the authority to make regulations to prevent the spreading of contagious or infectious diseases and to make quarantine laws for that purpose; and

WHEREAS, §33-15-17 authorizes the Mayor to control or restrict egress, ingress and movement within the local emergency area necessary to facilitate the protection of life and property; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to these laws, the Mayor is authorized to issue such orders as he deems necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has spread across this nation is a worldwide pandemic and as of October 1, 2020, the Mississippi Department of Health has reported 98,886 positive confirmed cases and 2,979 deaths in Mississippi, 50 of which were in Warren County; and

WHEREAS, previous emergency orders have required that persons stay at home and that certain businesses be closed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Mississippi has adopted a Safe Return Order in an effort to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while allowing the businesses to open and persons to return to work; and

WHEREAS, it is likewise necessary for Vicksburg businesses to safely open and Vicksburg citizens to safely return to work.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF VICKSBURG pursuant to §§45-17-1 through 45-17-13, §21-19-3 and §33-15-17 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, the following regulations apply:

The following regulations shall continue and be in effect on October 5, 2020, beginning at 8:00 A.M:

  1. FACE COVERINGS:
    1. For Retail businesses, including grocery stores, building supply stores, convenience stores, cigar shops, liquor stores or any other store that sells items to the public, the business owner or manager shall adopt and enforce the following measures:
      1. Employees shall wear a face covering, covering the mouth and nose, and shall be required to wear a face covering while on duty, and such face covering shall be cleaned or replaced at least daily.
      2. Customers shall wear a face covering, covering nose and mouth, while inside the retail business.
      3. Hand sanitizer shall be made available to all employees and shall be made available to customers at points of entry and exit, in or near the bathrooms, and at the cashier or payment stations.
      4. Retail businesses shall make all reasonable efforts to maintain 6 feet separation between customers (or parties of customers) at all times, including 6 feet separation while waiting in cashier or payment lines.
      5. Carts and baskets and all other surfaces that are contacted by customers during the course of providing services shall be sanitized after each customer’s use. All other high-touch areas, including all door handles, shall be sanitized every two hours at a minimum.
      6. Retail Businesses shall post a sign notifying customers that a face covering is required prior to entering the business and shall monitor and enforce the face covering requirement. Business owners and managers are entitled to rely upon the representations of their customers, patrons and employees regarding whether or not they qualify for an exception from the face covering requirement.
    2. FOR ALL OTHER BUSINESSES OR ORGANIZATIONS, EXCEPT MANUFACTURING BUSINESSES, the owner or manager of the business shall require all persons who enter the premises to wear a face covering. Businesses shall post a sign notifying persons who enter that they are required to wear a face covering and shall monitor and enforce the face covering requirement. Business owners and managers are entitled to rely upon the representations of their customers, patrons and employees regarding whether or not they qualify for an exception from the face covering requirement.
  2. EXCEPTIONS TO THE FACE COVERING REQUIREMENTS: Face coverings do not apply to the following:
    1. Any individual who will not come in contact with any other individual (outside of their immediate household members) or who will be able to maintain strict social distancing of six (6) feet apart from any other individual (outside of immediate household);
    2. Any child under the age of eight; however, all children between the ages of two (2) and Seven (7) years old are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.
    3. Any individual with a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering;
    4. Any individual who is consuming food or drinks;
    5. Any individual seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired;
    6. Any individual giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience; and
    7. Any individual temporarily removing his or her face covering for identification purposes.
  3. SPECIFIC BUSINESS REGULATIONS:
    1. Retail businesses, including grocery stores, building supply stores, convenience stores, cigar shops, liquor stores or any other store that sells items to the public shall adopt reasonable, good-faith measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including but not limited to, limiting the number of customers in their stores at one time in order to ensure compliance with strict social distancing protocols, and frequent cleaning of high-contact surfaces (such as retail counters, door handles, credit card machines). All of these businesses are encouraged to make hand sanitizer available to their customers upon entry of their stores.
      To the extent possible, all common areas where employees or customers are likely to congregate and interact shall be closed or strict social distancing protocols should be enforced (maintaining a minimum of 6 feet distance between individuals).
    2. Restaurants and bars shall continue to offer in-house (indoor or outdoor) dining subject to strict social distancing and updating floor plans to ensure at least six (6) feet of separation between each party/group and limiting party sizes to a maximum of ten (10) customers per table. Restaurants that do not serve alcohol may offer in-house dining to the public twenty-four (24) hours a day. Restaurants and bars are allowed to have live music. There shall be a minimum of twelve (12) feet of separation between the musicians and restaurant/bar customers. It shall be the responsibility of the restaurant and/or bar to maintain social distancing between customers while live music is being performed.
    3. Any business that sells alcohol for on-premises consumption or allows alcohol to be consumed on the premises, other than those under the jurisdiction of the MS Gaming Commission, shall not sell alcohol or allow consumption on the premises between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. This includes restaurants, bars, BYOB, or other entertainment venues that sell or allow consumption of alcohol on the premises. The sale of alcohol in bars shall only be allowed to seated patrons. The businesses that sell alcohol or allow consumption of alcohol on the premises must close by midnight.
    4. Salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, and other personal care and personal grooming facilities, tattoo parlors, and pet groomers shall operate subject to the following limitations:
      1. Every employee shall be required to wear a face covering, covering the nose and mouth, while on duty.
      2. All employees must wash hands between serving each customer, and more frequently if necessary. If appropriate for the service provided, gloves are recommended and should be discarded after each customer.
      3. Customers shall wear a face covering, covering the nose and mouth, while inside the facility except when receiving a service that otherwise could not be provided while wearing a face covering;
      4. The number of customers inside the facility shall be limited to ensure a minimum of six (6) feet separation between persons not in the same household; and
      5. Customers shall be screened for illness prior to entry into the facility.
    5. Fitness centers and exercise gyms shall continue to operate pursuant to the limitations in the Proclamation effective May 11, 2020, and amended effective June 15, 2020, with 75% maximum capacity.
    6. Dance studios, Libraries and museums, movie theaters and auditoriums, indoor recreation and places of amusement, outdoor recreation activities and places of amusement shall ensure strict social distancing of a minimum of six (6) feet separation between persons not in the same household.
    7. Outdoor sports complexes and multi-field facilities shall continue to operate subject to the following regulations:
      1. The number of fans around the field shall be limited to ensure a minimum of six feet of separation between persons not in the same household.
      2. Concession stands may be open subject to the following limitations: (i) employees/ volunteers operating the concession stand that come into direct contact with customers shall be provided a cloth mask and required to wear the mask while on duty; (ii) social distancing (of a minimum of six feet) shall be observed by customers waiting in line at the concession stand; (iii) customers/guests are not permitted to congregate in the area of the concession stand; and (iv) before beginning their work shift, all concession stand employees shall be screened for any symptoms of COVID-19. “Grab and go” food and beverage services are strongly encouraged, and condiments shall be offered only as single-serve condiments.
      3. Prominent signage shall be posted at all points of entry mandating that attendees shall maintain a minimum of six (6) feet of separation from all persons not in their household, and that attendees shall not enter the venue if they display any symptoms of COVID-19.
      4. Fans are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering, covering their nose and mouth, while attending games.
      5. Every league, tournament, event or facility shall have a dedicated Safety Officer to ensure that all elements of social distancing are enforced. The Safety Officer shall have sufficient staff to ensure that strict social distancing is observed by all players, coaches and fans at all times.
    8. Reception halls and conference centers: Reception halls and conference centers shall ensure strict social distancing of a minimum of six (6) feet separation between persons not in the same household. For seated dinners only, there shall be six (6) feet between tables and a maximum of ten (10) at each table with strict social distancing.

III. IN GENERAL:

  1. GROUP GATHERINGS: Unless specifically mentioned in another section, all persons in social gathering/activities shall maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet distance between individuals not in the same household. If indoors, a face covering is required if persons are not able to maintain a minimum of six (6) feet separation.
  2. RELIGIOUS SERVICES: Places of worship are encouraged to follow the Safe Worship Guidelines adopted on May 20, 2020. All persons present are encouraged to wear masks. It is additionally recommended that a list of all attendees be kept. At all times, social distancing and sanitizing or washing hands should be practiced.
  3. FUNERALS: Funerals are encouraged to be grave side services. Funeral services may be held at a Church or funeral home at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m., as long as there is room for social distancing, or held at the City Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. All persons must wear a face covering at all funerals. Upon proof of death due to COVID-19, the cost for the City Auditorium for the funeral shall be one -half (1/2) of the regular auditorium fee.
  4. SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE: The Special Task Force created on July 15, 202,0 shall remain in place. There shall be a minimum of eleven (11) patrol officers on duty along with a watch commander and deputy chief each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through November 2, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  5. JUVENILE CURFEW: In order to decrease juvenile gatherings and prevent the spread of COVID-19 among juveniles, preserve the resources of the Vicksburg Police Department, and to keep good order, a curfew will be in place for juveniles 17 and under from 7:30 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. Juveniles should not be on the public streets during this time unless:
    1. the juvenile is traveling to or from work;
    2. the juvenile is with a parent or responsible guardian;
    3. the juvenile is going to or coming from a legitimate school function;
    4. the juvenile is going to or coming from an organized youth sport activity.
  6. BUSINESS SCREENING and CLEANING:
      1. Daily screening of employees shall include the following questions, and any employee answering any question in the affirmative shall be sent home:
        1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
        2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
        3. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
        4. Have you had new loss of taste or smell?
        5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
      2. All employees shall be required to report any symptoms of COVID-19 to their supervisor, and any employee who exhibits any of the symptoms of COVID-19 during their shift shall be sent home immediately and advised to consult with their physician.
      3. All employees shall be provided training regarding minimizing the spread of COVID-19, including reinforcement of proper sanitation, hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, and using PPE.
      4. Break rooms shall be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and the number of employees in the break room shall be limited to allow for strict social distancing (a minimum of six feet between employees and no gathering of more than ten employees).
      5. Appropriate PPE shall be worn by all employees based on their duties and responsibilities. Every employee who comes into direct contact with customers shall be provided a face covering, covering the nose and mouth, and shall be required to wear the face covering while on duty. Such face coverings shall be cleaned or changed at least daily.
      6. Signage shall be posted at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or other symptom of COVID-19 is permitted in the business.
      7. All high-touch areas, including all door handles shall be sanitized frequently and hand sanitizer available at points of entry and exit.
  7. Halloween Trick or Treating Guidelines: Trick or Treating will take place on October 31, 2020 from 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM. Trick or Treat Outdoor activities are encouraged. Door to door trick or treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain property social distancing. However, these guidelines are encouraged for those who trick or treat:

For the children:

    1. Wear a mask – incorporate a mask or face covering into your costume. Please remember that rubber or plastic masks do not offer any protection from the virus, so have a protective cloth mask layered into a costume’s decorative mask.
    2. Practice good hand hygiene – If you choose to go house to house for trick-or treating, be prepared to practice good hand hygiene at every location. Bring along hand sanitizer to use before you move from one location to another.
    3. Maintain social distances – While it’s fun to go trick-or-treating with friends, due to the COVID-19 risk, keep the group limited to close friends and family members who are within your household. Avoid big groups of people or crowded areas. Please remember that practicing social distancing is very important to limiting the spread of the virus.
    4. Avoid “Face to Face” exposure – Interactions at any given doorway or front porch should be very brief and as limited as possible, which will help reduce the risk of exposure. Stress the importance of children keeping their mask on and not trading or sharing masks with other children.
    5. Establish ground rules – Try not to dig around a candy bowl and touch multiple pieces of candy. While it’s hard to ask kids not to run around the streets and sidewalks during this event, you should ask them to stay as far away from people as they can outside of your household and explain the importance of social distancing even when outside.
    6. Don’t share props, toys, costumes, or candy containers – Keep swords, wands, masks, and other props from being passed around. Don’t let children exchange costumes, and ask each of your children to hold onto their own candy containers and not swap or consume candy until you have had a chance to inspect it.

FOR THE ADULTS:

    1. Wear a mask –Please remember that rubber or plastic masks do not offer any protection from the virus, so have a protective cloth mask.
    2. Practice good hand hygiene – If you choose to give treats this Halloween be prepared to practice good hand hygiene. A suggestion would be to limit the treat giving to a single person to limit contact with others. Very frequent hand sanitizing or hand washing is advised.
    3. Maintain social distances – While passing out treats consider alternative ways to do so. This could be through the use of tongs, a candy slide, or other inventive ways to limit the contact with tricksters.
    4. Sit outside behind a table or booth – If you are not a high risk person, sit outside behind a decorated table or booth to maintain the six foot social distance to distribute treats. This will help protect not only yourself, but other individuals in your household, and the tricksters at the same time.
    5. Put hand sanitizer out – While children should keep a portable bottle of hand sanitizer with them, adults can also put out a pump bottle for those who are need of it.
    6. Hand out goodies instead of letting children grab them – To minimize contamination, hand out the treats yourself so you’re the only person with their hand in the dish. If you want to let children pick their prize, let them point to their choice or list their options aloud.

Individual violations of the face covering regulations will be subject to misdemeanor prosecution pursuant to Sec. 45-17-9 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, Sec. 33-15-7 and Sec. 1-9 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Vicksburg and will be as follows:

  1. 1st offense – warning
  2. 2nd offense – $100.00 fine
  3. 3rd offense and up – $300.00 fine per each separate violation

Violation of this EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION will be subject to misdemeanor prosecution pursuant to Sec. 45-17-9 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, Sec. 33-15-7 and Sec. 1-9 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Vicksburg, including a fine of up to $1,000.00 and 90 days in jail.

THIS PROCLAMATION SHALL BE IN EFFECT BEGINNING AT 8:00 A.M. ON MONDAY OCTOBER 5, 2020, AND SHALL CONTINUE UNTIL 8:00 A.M. ON NOVEMBER 2, 2020, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED HEREIN OR EXTENDED, MODIFIED OR REPEALED BY A SUBSEQUENT PROCLAMATION.

SO RESOLVED this the 2nd day of October 2020.

_____________________________

GEORGE FLAGGS, JR., MAYOR

ATTEST: CITY OF VICKSBURG, MS

_____________________

CITY CLERK

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Mississippi’s seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases remains over 600 Monday

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Sunday and Monday saw the expected weekend drop in reported new COVID-19 cases and deaths. Mississippi’s seven-day average remains above 600.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported three new COVID-19 cases Sunday in Warren County and no new cases Monday. No new deaths were reported either day. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,470, and the county’s death toll is 53.

Statewide, MSDH reported 294 new COVID-19 cases Sunday and 296 cases Monday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 105,228. The seven-day average of new cases is 646, higher by 197 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 Sunday that five additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. No new deaths were reported Monday. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,101. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 3%.

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.

MSDH reported Sunday that five deaths occurred between Oct. 5 and Oct. 10 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Sunday
Lafayette 1
Leflore 1
Marion 1
Montgomery 1
Tate 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 11. 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, they began showing a definite rise last week.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, is 600, about half of the late July peak of more than 1,200. The number includes 491 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 109 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 136 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 59 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 90,577 through Sunday, Oct. 4. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 86% of the cumulative 105,228 cases reported Monday, Oct. 11.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Monday, Sept. 21, was 1,381, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,328, or about 90.3% of the 1,470 cumulative cases reported as of Monday, Oct. 11. The county has an estimated 89 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, 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%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities is 126 Monday. About 40.1%, or 1,258, 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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Third spike in COVID-19 cases reported Saturday; seven-day average over 600

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With another spike of new COVID-19 cases Saturday, the third in a week, Mississippi’s seven-day average was above 600 for the first time in over a month, further indicating the state may be seeing the beginning of a new surge in cases. Hospitalizations have also continued to rise throughout the week.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported eight new COVID-19 cases in Warren County Saturday and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,467, and the county’s death toll is 53.

Statewide, MSDH reported 957 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 104,638. The seven-day average of new cases is 638, higher by 180 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 Saturday that 16 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,096. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 3%.

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.

MSDH reported Saturday that 10 deaths occurred between Sept. 23 and Oct. 9 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Saturday
Alcorn 1
George 1
Hancock 1
Montgomery 1
Panola 1
Stone 1
Tippah 1
Washington 2
Winston 1

Six COVID-19 related deaths occurred between Sept. 25 and Oct. 1 and were identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified on death certificate reports
Desoto 1
Hinds 1
Lee 1
Madison 1
Panola 1
Scott 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. 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, they have shown a definite rise this week.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, is 600, about half of the late July peak of more than 1,200. The number includes 491 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 109 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 136 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 59 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 90,577 through Sunday, Oct. 4. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 86.6% of the cumulative 104,638 cases reported Saturday, Oct. 10.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Saturday, Sept. 19, was 1,380, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,327, or about 90.5% of the 1,467 cumulative cases reported as of Saturday, Oct. 10. The county has an estimated 87 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 Saturday, Oct. 3, 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 5.9% Friday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 4.9%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities is 126 Saturday. About 40.5%, or 1,254, 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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Another spike in Mississippi’s new COVID-19 cases reported Friday

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On Friday, the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Mississippi is almost 100 cases higher than it was a month ago, further indicating the state may be seeing the beginning of a new surge in cases. Hospitalizations have also continued to rise throughout the week.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported seven new COVID-19 cases in Warren County Friday and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,459, and the county’s death toll is 53.

Statewide, MSDH reported 862 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 103,681. The seven-day average of new cases is 589, higher by nearly 100 cases from where it was 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 Friday that six additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,080. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 3%.

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.

MSDH reported Friday that six deaths occurred between Sept. 19 and Oct. 8 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Friday
Bolivar 1
Desoto 2
Newton 1
Sunflower 1
Walthall 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. 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, they have shown a definite rise this week.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, is 606, about half of the late July peak of more than 1,200. The number includes 472 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 134 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 139 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 66 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 90,577 through Sunday, Oct. 4. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 87.4% of the cumulative 103,681 cases reported Friday, Oct. 9.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Friday, Sept. 18, was 1,366, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,313, or about 90% of the 1,459 cumulative cases reported as of Friday, Oct. 9. The county has an estimated 93 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 Saturday, Oct. 3, 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 5.6% Thursday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 4.8%, and 5% indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities is 128 Friday. About 40.6%, or 1,249, 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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