Number of COVID-19 cases in Harrison Co. remain high; Over 500 cases reported statewide

South Mississippi reported 65 new cases of coronavirus and no new deaths on Friday.

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - While the number of cases of COVID-19 dropped statewide Friday from the single-day high set on Thursday, the numbers from Harrison County remained fairly steady.

Across the entire state, there were 550 new cases of COVID-19 and 6 new deaths reported Friday. That’s compared to Thursday when there were nearly 1,100 new cases and 5 new deaths.

Harrison County remains a hotspot for the six South Mississippi counties, reporting 263 new cases of the virus in the last 10 days. On Friday, 45 new cases were reported; Thursday saw a record 48 new cases just in Harrison County, moving it to the Mississippi county with the 9th highest number of cases in the state.

Here is how many new cases each of the six counties in South Mississippi reported on June 26: George County (1), Hancock County (3), Harrison County (45), Jackson County (13), and Pearl River County (3).

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases #of LTC Deaths
George 61 3 1 0
Hancock 115 13 8 4
Harrison 607 7 17 2
Jackson 471 16 44 5
Pearl River 235 32 47 12
Stone 48 1 0 0

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of June 16, there have been a total of 25,066 cases investigated, which includes 160 probable cases. There have been 1,022 deaths investigated, including 17 probable deaths.

A total of 25,066 new cases and 1,022 deaths were reported June 26 in Mississippi.
A total of 25,066 new cases and 1,022 deaths were reported June 26 in Mississippi. (Source: MSDH)

Cases among young adults ages 18 to 29 are rising, warns MSDH.

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.

COVID-19 Cases by Date of Illness Onset through June 25, 2020
COVID-19 Cases by Date of Illness Onset through June 25, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Recoveries

State health officials estimate 17,242 Mississippians have now recovered from COVID-19 as of June 21, 2020. That total does not include cases still under investigation. MSDH updates the number of recoveries weekly.

COVID-19 Presumed Recovered Cases through June 21, 2020
COVID-19 Presumed Recovered Cases through June 21, 2020 (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 June 25, there were 533 people hospitalized with confirmed infections in Mississippi. Of those, 90 patients are on ventilators and 153 are in ICU.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by MS Hospitals, 6/5/20-6/25/20
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by MS Hospitals, 6/5/20-6/25/20 (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 Over 1 Week Period (June 15 - June 21, 2020)
COVID-19 High Case MS Counties Over 1 Week Period (June 15 - June 21, 2020) (Source: MSDH)
COVID-19 High Case MS Counties Over 1 Week Period (June 15 - June 21, 2020)
COVID-19 High Case MS Counties Over 1 Week Period (June 15 - June 21, 2020) (Source: MSDH)

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.

COVID-19 Underlying Conditions in Deaths by Race/Ethnicity through June 25, 2020
COVID-19 Underlying Conditions in Deaths by Race/Ethnicity through June 25, 2020 (Source: MSDH)
COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group through June 25, 2020
COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group through June 25, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 2,514 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of June 25. In all, 507 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.”

COVID-19 LTCF and Non-LTCF Deaths by Date of Death through June 25, 2020
COVID-19 LTCF and Non-LTCF Deaths by Date of Death through June 25, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Testing

As of June 25, a total of 283,123 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 271,734 PCR tests and 11,389 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 46,241 tests as of June 25, 2020. Of those, 3,922 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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