Over 250 COVID cases reported just in two South Mississippi counties as numbers continue to rise

1,505 new COVID-19 cases, 20 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - Over 250 new cases of coronavirus were reported Wednesday just in two of the six counties in South Mississippi. George County reached an all-time high, reporting 122 cases of the virus, while Jackson County again reported well over 100 cases.

Statewide, there were 1,505 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 new deaths reported Wednesday.

In South Mississippi, that number breaks down to 349 new cases and one new death reported for the six southernmost counties.

As of July 28, here are the new cases reported in the following: Jackson County (134), George County (122), Harrison County (76), Hancock County (7), Pearl River County (8), and Stone County (2). The one death was in Jackson County.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 378 5 1 0
Hancock 298 14 8 4
Harrison 1944 27 122 13
Jackson 1772 30 68 6
Pearl River 452 35 53 14
Stone 134 3 2 1

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of July 28, there have been a total of 55,804 cases investigated, which includes 758 probable cases. There have been 1,563 deaths investigated, including 39 probable deaths.

Across the entire state, there were 1,505 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 new deaths reported Wednesday.
Across the entire state, there were 1,505 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 new deaths reported Wednesday. (Source: 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.

Cases by date through July 28, 2020
Cases by date through July 28, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Hospitalizations

As of July 28, there were 982 people hospitalized with confirmed infections in Mississippi, which is up 13 patients from the day before. The number of patients in ICU went up from 286 the day before to 296 on July 28. The number of patients in ICU who are on ventilators increased to 178, up three patients from the day before.

The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials.

Hospitalizations reported by MS hospitals, 7/8/20-7/28/20
Hospitalizations reported by MS hospitals, 7/8/20-7/28/20 (Source: MSDH)

Recoveries

State health officials estimate 35,071 Mississippians have now recovered from COVID-19 as of July 26, 2020. That total does not include cases still under investigation. MSDH updates the number of recoveries weekly.

COVID-19 Presumed Recoveries Cases through July 26, 2020, Mississippi
COVID-19 Presumed Recoveries Cases through July 26, 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.

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 (July 20-July 26, 2020)
COVID-19 High Case MS Counties Over 1 week Period (July 20-July 26, 2020) (Source: MSDH)
COVID-19 High Incidence MS Counties Over 1 week Period (July 20- July 26, 2020)
COVID-19 High Incidence MS Counties Over 1 week Period (July 20- July 26, 2020) (Source: MSDH)

Underlying Conditions, Race, and Age

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

Cases and deaths by age group through July 28, 2020
Cases and deaths by age group through July 28, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

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.

Underlying conditions in deaths by race/ethnicity through July 28, 2020
Underlying conditions in deaths by race/ethnicity through July 28, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 3,424 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of July 27. In all, 703 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.”

LTCF and non-LTCF deaths by date of death through July 28, 2020
LTCF and non-LTCF deaths by date of death through July 28, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Testing

As of July 28, a total of 458,686 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 442,546 PCR tests and 16,140 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 63,726 tests as of July 28. Of those, 6,840 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 wanting to be tested for COVID-19 can 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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