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Warren County adds six new COVID-19 cases; state sees rise of 284 cases and 12 deaths

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COVID-19 Update

Mississippi continues to see large increases in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting Saturday that the number of new COVID-19 cases is 284, bringing the total of cases to 5,718. As of 6 p.m. Friday, April 24

Twelve Mississippians died of the virus yesterday, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 221.

MSDH reports six additional confirmed cases in Warren County, bringing the number of cases to 45. The county’s death toll stands at two.

MSDH has changed the way it is reporting outbreaks in long-term care facilities, now showing the number of individual cases in the facilities (599, up 39 since yesterday) in its chart, instead of the number of facilities under investigation. The number of facilities under investigation is 79, an increase of five 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.

Neighboring Hinds County, still the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 412 cases today, an increase of 11 since yesterday, and seven deaths, an increase of one. Eleven cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation in Hinds County, an increase of one since yesterday.

In other neighboring counties, Claiborne reports 18 cases, an increase of five, and Sharkey reports four cases, unchanged since yesterday. Neither Claiborne nor Sharkey has any reported deaths from the virus. Yazoo County reports 120 cases, up three since yesterday and one death. Issaquena County remains the only county in the state without any reported cases.

MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each morning based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

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, 52.1% of cases (2,978) and 60.2% of COVID-19 deaths (133) 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.

All age groups have been affected by the disease, including children under 18, with 167 cases, up eight since yesterday. As of Friday, MSDH reports 10 cases in infants less than one year old, up two 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 Monday, 635 of Mississippi’s 998 hospitalizations, or 63.6%, were among people over 60, and 89.6% of the state’s deaths (198) have been people over 60.

Total hospitalizations continue to rise, although the number of patients in intensive care units and on ventilators has been fairly flat.

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 19.9% as of Saturday. The national average for hospitalizations has seen a steady rise and now stands at 29.2 per 100,000 for the week ending April 18, 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 24 was 58,957, with 47,561 tests performed by private labs. The number of tests completed by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory through April 24 is 11,396, with 1,353 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. 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 109 7 17
Alcorn 9 0 0
Amite 23 0 1
Attala 80 0 14
Benton 9 0 0
Bolivar 94 7 13
Calhoun 48 3 22
Carroll 15 1 0
Chickasaw 56 4 16
Choctaw 13 1 0
Claiborne 18 0 0
Clarke 44 3 9
Clay 32 2 0
Coahoma 54 2 1
Copiah 68 1 1
Covington 45 0 0
Desoto 263 4 1
Forrest 181 7 16
Franklin 16 1 0
George 11 1 0
Greene 4 1 0
Grenada 27 0 14
Hancock 59 5 7
Harrison 158 6 1
Hinds 412 7 11
Holmes 100 5 24
Humphreys 14 3 1
Itawamba 33 1 13
Jackson 237 6 38
Jasper 32 1 0
Jefferson 8 0 0
Jefferson Davis 22 1 0
Jones 116 0 9
Kemper 40 0 1
Lafayette 87 3 31
Lamar 85 2 0
Lauderdale 284 19 67
Lawrence 30 0 1
Leake 149 1 0
Lee 72 5 4
Leflore 131 15 27
Lincoln 136 8 45
Lowndes 41 2 2
Madison 186 5 10
Marion 57 5 13
Marshall 41 2 0
Monroe 123 9 49
Montgomery 18 1 0
Neshoba 119 2 1
Newton 58 0 1
Noxubee 45 0 1
Oktibbeha 46 3 6
Panola 36 2 0
Pearl River 148 14 28
Perry 25 1 0
Pike 133 5 8
Pontotoc 18 2 1
Prentiss 29 1 18
Quitman 14 0 0
Rankin 162 5 5
Scott 240 0 8
Sharkey 4 0 0
Simpson 38 0 2
Smith 58 3 18
Stone 22 0 0
Sunflower 51 2 0
Tallahatchie 11 1 0
Tate 38 0 1
Tippah 51 7 0
Tishomingo 7 0 0
Tunica 34 1 12
Union 14 1 1
Walthall 27 0 0
Warren 45 2 0
Washington 77 3 4
Wayne 19 0 0
Webster 16 1 0
Wilkinson 68 7 5
Winston 38 0 0
Yalobusha 17 0 0
Yazoo 120 1 0
Total 5,718 221 599

 

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