272 new COVID-19 cases, 27 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

South Mississippi saw four new COVID-19 cases Tuesday with one new death in Pearl River County.

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - 272 new cases of COVID-19 were reported statewide Tuesday with 27 new deaths. In the six southernmost counties, there were four new cases and one new death. That person was a resident of a long-term care facility in Pearl River County.

South Mississippi’s four new cases for Tuesday were in George County (2), and Harrison County (2).

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of Cases in LTC Facilities # of Deaths in LTC facilities
George 19 1 0 0
Hancock 81 10 6 3
Harrison 218 6 1 1
Jackson 287 13 39 4
Pearl River 195 27 42 9
Stone 24 0 0 0

In all, Mississippi has reported a total of 11,704 confirmed COVID-19 infections and 554 deaths as a result of the virus.

Recoveries

State health officials estimate 7,681 Mississippians have now recovered from COVID-19. That total does not include cases still under investigation. MSDH updates the number of recoveries weekly.

COVID-19 Presumed Recovered Cases through May 17, 2020, Mississippi
COVID-19 Presumed Recovered Cases through May 17, 2020, Mississippi (Source: MSDH)

In order to determine the presumed number of people who have recovered from the virus, state health officials say the patient must meet one of two criteria. For patients who were NOT hospitalized, they are considered recovered if they have not tested positive for the virus after 14 days. For patients who were hospitalized or if hospitalization was unknown, they are presumed recovered if it has been 21 days or more since they tested positive.

Hospitalizations

The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials. As of May 18, 16.8% of people diagnosed with the virus had to be hospitalized. The number of people hospitalized with confirmed infections of the virus rose to 441. Of those, 87 patients are on ventilators and 153 are in ICU.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by Mississippi Hospitals as of May 18, 2020
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by Mississippi Hospitals as of May 18, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Weekly High Case and High Incidence Counties

The state is now ranking counties by weekly cases, and by incidence (cases proportional to population). All tables are updated weekly.

COVID-19 High Case MS Counties from May 11-May 17, 2020
COVID-19 High Case MS Counties from May 11-May 17, 2020 (Source: MSDH)
COVID-19 High Incidence MS Counties from May 11-May 17, 2020
COVID-19 High Incidence MS Counties from May 11-May 17, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Underlying Conditions, Race, and Age

The majority of positive cases are being seen in the African-American population. According to MSDH, 58.6% of residents who have COVID-19 in Mississippi are black, while 32.1% of the patients are white. A total of 52.3% of those who died from COVID-19 are African-American.

Underlying conditions are also reported in many of the deaths that have resulted from coronavirus complications. Most deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in patients with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

COVID-19 Underlying Conditions in Deaths by Race/Ethnicity through May 18, 2020
COVID-19 Underlying Conditions in Deaths by Race/Ethnicity through May 18, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

The most positive cases of COVID-19 have occurred in people between the ages of 40 and 59. However, children and those older than 60 are also at risk. The highest number of deaths from the virus is being seen in patients age 60 and older.

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 1,534 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state. In all, 271 people diagnosed while in long-term care facilities have died.

MSDH says: “Long-term care (LTC) facilities like nursing homes are considered high risk locations because their residents are older or in poor health. Even one case of COVID-19 in these facilities among residents or employees is considered an outbreak. We investigate residents, staff and close contacts of infected individuals for possible exposure.”

Testing

As of May 18, a total of 117,760 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. Of the 19,148 tests conducted by MSDH, 2,240 have shown positive results.

Drive-through clinics for testing are popping up across the state. However, health officials are asking that you call ahead to make sure you meet the qualifications for testing.

Anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, who feels they should be tested must first go through a free screening from a UMMC clinician through the C Spire Health UMMC Virtual COVID-19 Triage telehealth smartphone app.

You can also complete a pre-screening by calling one of the following hotlines:

  • Memorial Hospital Coronavirus Hotline: 228-867-5000
  • Singing River Health System Coronavirus Hotline: 228-809-5044
  • MS Dept. of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 877-978-6453.

Here is a county-by-county map showing how many positive test results there are as it relates to the population of each county.

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