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Warren County reports a new one-day record of COVID-19 cases Saturday with 91; 3,203 statewide

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Warren County reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases Saturday with 91. The previous one-day record was 88, set Dec. 30, 2020. The county also reported three new deaths. Cumulative totals in the county are 3,166 cases and 88 deaths.

Based on the first nine days of January, Warren County could see more than 1,400 cases by the end of the month, eclipsing monthly totals so far.

Saturday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 3,203 new COVID-19 cases statewide Friday and 46 deaths.

In the first nine days of January, the state has reported 21,057 new cases, with two days over 3,000 cases. The state’s seven-day average of new cases is about 2,370 per day with 16,591 new cases reported, about 20% higher than a month ago. If current trends hold, the state is on track to see its worst month yet, with more than 72,000 cases.

Warren County’s 14-day total of new cases is 591 with a daily average of 48.5 cases. The seven-day average is over 46 cases a day, with 324 cases reported in the past seven days. The county is on the governor’s list of COVID-19 hot spots that include all but four of Mississippi’s 82 counties — Claiborne, Issaquena, Sharkey and Tunica — three of which neighbor Warren.

COVID-19 is one of the state’s leading causes of death at this time, according to State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs. To see other causes of death in the state, including deaths from flu and pneumonia, click here.

The huge number of cases means a corresponding rise in the number of hospitalizations in the state. With nearly 1,500 Mississippians hospitalized, hospitals across the state — including Merit Health River Region in Vicksburg — are reporting that no ICU beds are available for any seriously ill or injured person, not just COVID-19 patients.

State health officials expect cases, hospitalizations and deaths to go even higher this month after the Christmas and New Year holidays and are strongly urging Mississippians not to hold or attend any gatherings that include people not in their immediate families. In addition, they urge wearing a mask in public, keeping 6 feet of social distance and maintaining good hand hygiene.

The virus: nationally

Nationally, the cumulative cases in the U.S. have soared to more than 21.9 million, with some sources putting the figure as high as 22.5 million. Numbers of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise sharply.

The number of people who have died in the U.S. since the beginning of the crisis is about 369,390.

At least 3,895 people died of the virus Friday in the U.S., and at least 300,594 new cases were reported. The numbers of new cases have increased about 40% in the last 14 days. The rate of deaths has also increased, by about 29% in the past two weeks, as has the rate of hospitalizations. About 132,000 people were in the hospital Friday for COVID-19, an increase of 11% in the past two weeks.

Health officials from coast to coast are bracing for the coming spike in cases, hospitalizations and deaths after the year-end holidays.

California continues to see extraordinary numbers of new cases, averaging more than 40,000 a day over the past seven days, although the trend seems to be flattening. Florida’s seven-day average has increased 35% over the last two weeks, with an average is more than 15,000 cases a day.

In the U.S., at least eight states — Colorado, California, Florida, New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Connecticut — have confirmed a total of 63 cases of the COVID-19 variant first reported Dec. 8 in the U.K. It’s likely the variant has spread to other states as well. The variant is more contagious by about half but does not appear to be more severe or deadly. Regardless, because of its higher contagion rate, the country will see even higher rates of cases and deaths in the coming weeks and months.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are denying reports of a new variant originating in the U.S. The reports are based on speculation from the White House Coronavirus Task Force and Dr. Deborah Birx.

“To date, neither researchers nor analysts at C.D.C. have seen the emergence of a particular variant in the United States,” said Jason McDonald, a spokesman for the CDC, in a statement.

Local and statewide COVID-19 statistics for Saturday, Jan. 9

In Warren County, MSDH reported 91 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, a one-day record, and three new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 3,166, and the county’s death toll is 88. The seven-day average of new cases in the county is about 46 per day, about 86% higher than the average of cases a month ago.

Statewide, MSDH reported 3,203 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, the second time in January to report more than 3,000 cases, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 236,868. The seven-day average of new cases is 2,370 per day, about 20% higher than the seven-day average a month ago. In January, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are from 25 to 39 years old followed by those 50 to 64 years old.

MSDH reported Saturday that 46 more Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide, bringing the cumulative number of deaths in the state to 5,146. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.2%. This rate drops when the number of cases is going up faster than the number of deaths.

Deaths are a lagging indicator. The current surge began in Mississippi in late October, and the state saw record deaths in December and again in January; 85 cases were reported Dec. 29 and 91 cases Jan. 9. Nearly 1,000 deaths were reported in December.

Of the 46 deaths MSDH reported Saturday, 22 occurred between Jan. 1 and Jan. 8 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Saturday by MSDH
Alcorn 1
Amite 1
Attala 1
Bolivar 2
Forrest 2
Jones 1
Lee 1
Madison 2
Panola 1
Pearl River 1
Pike 1
Pontotoc 1
Prentiss 1
Rankin 3
Union 2
Yalobusha 1

An additional 24 COVID-19 related deaths occurred between Nov. 29 and Jan. 4 and were identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified from death certificate reports
Amite 1
Attala 1
Benton 1
Chickasaw 1
Choctaw 1
Desoto 1
Grenada 2
Harrison 2
Hinds 1
Issaquena 1
Lee 1
Marion 1
Monroe 1
Neshoba 1
Rankin 2
Sunflower 1
Tunica 1
Warren 3
Winston 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. MSDH usually reports statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s and death reports.

The primary metric concerning state health officials are the numbers of people hospitalized, and that number has risen steadily since Nov. 4, 2020. COVID-19 hospitalizations threaten the state’s health care system as never before.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, was 1,460. The number includes 1,402 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 58 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 329 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 219 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 182,103 through Sunday, Jan. 3. It represents about 76.9% of the cumulative 236.868 reported as of Saturday, Jan. 9.

The number of cumulative cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Saturday, Dec. 19, was 2,302, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 2,214, or about 69.9% of the 3,166 cumulative cases reported as of Saturday, Jan. 9. The county has an estimated 864 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, Jan. 2, is 1,822,215 or about 61.2% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. MSDH reports statewide test results about once a week. Without daily updated numbers of tests, it is impossible to accurately calculate Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average); however, the estimated rate was 21.5% Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate was 13.8%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities is 221 Saturday, unchanged since Friday. About 34.6%, or 1,779, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities. The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in LTC facilities is 9,755 Saturday, about 4.1% of the state’s total cases.

A total of 37 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 that information with access to a database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. You can access and search the data by provider here. The latest data available is for the week ending Dec. 27, 2020.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website or call the COVID-19 hotline seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at 877-978-6453.

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