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Warren County adds another nine new COVID-19 cases Tuesday



Tuesday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported another nine new COVID-19 cases in Warren County, bringing the cumulative number of cases in the county to 223.

The county’s death toll of 12 includes eight residents of long-term care facilities.

MSDH began reporting the names of long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks across the state last week, saying it would update those statistics on a daily basis. No updates have been provided since June 2.

In Warren County, the facilities, along with cases and deaths as of June 2 are:

  • Heritage House Nursing Center: employee cases 14; resident cases 38; resident deaths 7
  • Shady Lawn Health and Rehabilitation: employee cases 1; resident cases 0; resident deaths 0
  • The Bluffs Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center; employee cases 2; resident cases 0; resident deaths 0

Statewide, MSDH reports a record 341 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 18,109.

MSDH also reports Tuesday that 10 additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 847.

The state’s mortality rate for the virus is about 4.7%.

COVID-19 deaths are reported in the following counties Tuesday:

County Deaths reported Tuesday
Attala 1
Greene 1
Humphreys 1
Leflore 1
Neshoba 1
Rankin 1
Sunflower 1
Wayne 1
Webster 1

One confirmed COVID-19 related death May 16 was identified from a death certificate report. The additional death was reported in Lauderdale County.

County Deaths reported from death certificates
Lauderdale 1

Deaths and new cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Monday, June 8. MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 13,356 through Sunday, June 7. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 73.6% of the cumulative 18,109 cases reported as of Tuesday, June 8.

Based on the number of cases reported Tuesday, June 19, in Warren County (135), the estimated number of people presumed recovered is 123, or about 55.2%, with 90 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).

As of Tuesday, 444 Mississippians are hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, a sharp uptick from 358 reported just two days ago. Another 227 patients are hospitalized with suspected infections. Of those hospitalized with confirmed infections, 171 are critically ill and in intensive care units and 100 are on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.


Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19



Nick Saban (photo courtesy UA Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Vicksburg police arrest a knife-wielding suspect for meth possession



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



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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