418 new COVID-19 cases, 17 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

South Mississippi reported five new cases and no new deaths from the virus.

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - There were 418 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 new deaths reported Friday throughout the entire state of Mississippi.

In the six South Mississippi counties, there are five new cases reported Friday, and no new deaths. The counties reporting new cases are Harrison (4), and Pearl River (1). One previously reported case in Jackson County was removed for that county’s total.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of Cases in LTC Facilities # of Deaths in LTC facilities
George 21 1 0 0
Hancock 87 11 9 3
Harrison 251 7 3 2
Jackson 302 13 40 4
Pearl River 207 31 45 11
Stone 30 0 0 0

In all, Mississippi has reported a total of 14,790 confirmed COVID-19 infections and 710 deaths as a result of the virus.

Note: Values up to two weeks in the past on the Date of Illness Onset chart above can change as the MSDH updates it with new information from disease investigation.
Note: Values up to two weeks in the past on the Date of Illness Onset chart above can change as the MSDH updates it with new information from disease investigation. (Source: MSDH)

Recoveries

State health officials estimate 9,401 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 24, 2020, Mississippi
COVID-19 Presumed Recovered Cases through May 24, 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 27, 2020, 16.2% of people diagnosed with the virus had to be hospitalized. As of May 27, the number of people hospitalized with confirmed infections rose to 449. Of those, 78 patients are on ventilators and 148 are in ICU.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by MS Hospitals from May 7, 2020 to May 27, 2020
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by MS Hospitals from May 7, 2020 to May 27, 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 18-May 24, 2020
COVID-19 High Case MS Counties from May 18-May 24, 2020 (Source: MSDH)
COVID-19 High Case MS Counties from May 18-May 24, 2020
COVID-19 High Case MS Counties from May 18-May 24, 2020 (Source: WLOX)

Underlying Conditions, Race, and Age

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.

Mississippi COVID-19 deaths by race as of May 27, 2020
Mississippi COVID-19 deaths by race as of May 27, 2020 (Source: MSDH)
Mississippi COVID-19 cases and deaths by age as of May 27, 2020
Mississippi COVID-19 cases and deaths by age as of May 27, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 1,839 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state. In all, 358 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 28, a total of 166,308 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 158,973 PCR tests and 7,335 antibody tests.

PCR testing detects current, active COVID-19 infection in an individual. Antibody (serology) testing identifies individuals with past COVID-19 infection based on antibodies they develop one to three weeks after infection.

In all, MSDH labs have conducted 26,974 PCR tests as of May 28, 2020. Of those, 2,639 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.

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