JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - A total of 526 new cases were reported across the entire state of Mississippi on Wednesday. An additional 22 new deaths were reported but none of those are in South Mississippi.
As of 6 p.m. June 23, there were 34 new cases reported in South Mississippi. Those include Hancock County (3), Harrison County (15), Jackson County (14), Pearl River County (1), and Stone County (1). No new deaths were reported in the six coastal counties.
The county breakdown for South Mississippi is as follows:
“The cases we are seeing in Harrison are overwhelmingly community transmission and not associated with a particular outbreak or setting. This stems from folks not following guidelines and continuing to carelessly gather, not wear masks, or appropriately social distance. If this disregard to guidelines doesn’t change statewide, we will begin to see hospital overload and a shortage of necessary protective equipment,” said MSDH communications director Liz Sharlot.
Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of June 23, there have been a total of 23,424 cases investigated, which includes 156 probable cases. There have been 1,011 deaths investigated, including 17 probable deaths.
Confirmed cases and deaths are generally determined by positive PCR tests, which detect the presence of ongoing coronavirus infection.
Probable cases are those who test positive by other testing methods such as antibody or antigen, and have recent symptoms consistent with COVID-19, indicating a recent infection.
Probable deaths are those individuals with a designation of COVID-19 as a cause of death on the death certificate, but where no confirmatory testing was performed.
State health officials estimate 17,242 Mississippians have now recovered from COVID-19. That total does not include cases still under investigation. MSDH updates the number of recoveries weekly.
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.
The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials. There were 523 people hospitalized with confirmed infections in Mississippi as of June 23. Of those, 91 patients are on ventilators and 157 are in ICU.
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.
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.
Long-term Care Facilities
A total of 2,437 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of June 16. In all, 501 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.”
As of June 23, a total of 272,513 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 261,505 PCR tests and 11,008 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 45,012 tests as of June 23, 2020. Of those, 3,713 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.