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Warren County reports two new COVID-19 cases; statewide cases at 12,222, deaths at 580



COVID-19 Update

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports two new COVID-19 cases Thursday in Warren County. The total number of cases in the county is now 138. The county’s death toll from the virus stands at five, including three residents of long-term care facilities. The county has 34 cases in one long-term care facility under investigation.

Statewide, MSDH reports 255 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 12,222.

MSDH also reports 10 additional Mississippians died of COVID- 19, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 580.

COVID-19 related deaths were reported in the following counties Thursday:

County Deaths reported Thursday
Attala 1
Carroll 1
Desoto 1
Hinds 1
Lauderdale 1
Leflore 1
Lincoln 1
Lowndes 1
Madison 1
Yalobusha 1

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

MSDH is also reporting the number of estimated COVID-19 cases presumed recovered in Mississippi. That number is 7,681 through May 17. This figure will be updated weekly.

Long-term care facilities

Many of the new cases and deaths in Mississippi are reflected in cases and deaths in the state’s long-term care facilities. The number of individual COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities total 1,590 Tuesday, an increase of 22 cases since Wednesday. Deaths among residents total 289, an increase of eight. About 13% of the state’s cases and 49.8% of the state’s deaths from the virus are people from long-term care facilities. The number of active outbreaks under investigation is 98.

Lauderdale County in East Central Mississippi has the highest number of cases and deaths in long-term care facilities in the state, with 162 cases and 29 deaths. It also has among the highest total COVID-19 cases and deaths reported in the state with 637 cases and the 47 deaths as of Thursday.

Mississippi is paying special attention to any outbreaks in these facilities. Even one case is a long-term care facility is considered an outbreak because of the ages and poor health of many residents. Long-term care facilities include nursing homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, personal care homes, assisted living facilities, long-term acute care facilities, and psychiatric or chemical dependency residential treatment centers.

COVID-19 in Mississippi counties

Neighboring Hinds County, still the state’s virus epicenter, is reporting 825 cases Thursday, an increase of 52 since Sunday, and 24 deaths, an increase of two. Thirteen of the deaths in Hinds were residents in long-term care facilities, and 77 cases in long-term care facilities are under investigation in Hinds County.

In other neighboring counties, Yazoo County reports 194 cases Thursday, an increase of six since Sunday, and two deaths, unchanged. Yazoo is reporting seven cases under investigation in long-term care facilities. Claiborne County reports 51 cases, an increase of two, one death and two cases in a long-term care facility under investigation. Sharkey County reports seven cases, an increase of one and no outbreaks in long-term care facilities. Sharkey County has not reported any deaths from the virus. Issaquena County remains the only county in the state without any reported cases.

In all, 39 Mississippi counties are now reporting more than 100 cases each, and 20 counties report 200 or more. Hinds, Lauderdale, Madison, Scott, Neshoba, Forrest and Desoto counties report more than 400 cases. Only Greene and Sharkey counties report 10 or fewer cases.

Eleven counties report no deaths from the virus. Most other Mississippi counties report deaths in the single digits. The following 23 counties report 10 or more deaths: Adams (15, unchanged since Sunday), Attala (11), Bolivar (10, unchanged), Chickasaw (12, unchanged), Clarke (16, up four), Forrest (32, up five), Hancock (10, unchanged), Hinds (24, up two), Holmes (21, up one), Jackson (13, unchanged), Lauderdale (47, up one), Leflore (24, up two), Lincoln (19, unchanged), Madison (19, up two), Monroe (23, unchanged), Neshoba (23, unchanged), Pearl River (27, up one), Pike (11, unchanged) and Tippah (11, unchanged).

For additional information, please 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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