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1,036 new COVID-19 cases, 23 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

95 new cases and one new death were reported in South Mississippi on Friday.
Updated: Aug. 7, 2020 at 11:33 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 1,036 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 new deaths reported Friday by state health officials.

In South Mississippi, that number breaks down to 95 new cases and one new death reported for the six southernmost counties.

As of Aug. 6, 2020, the new cases are reported in the following: Harrison County (28), Jackson County (24), Stone County (23), Hancock County (10), Pearl River County (9), and George County (1).

One new death was reported in Stone County; it was a patient in a long-term care facility.

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George549410
Hancock3731484
Harrison24063514115
Jackson222542687
Pearl River529375715
Stone186442

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of Aug. 6 at 6pm, there have been a total of 65,436 cases investigated, which includes 1,141 probable cases. There have been 1,848 deaths investigated, including 55 probable deaths.

*We will update the graphics in this story once they are updated on the MSDH website.”

In Mississippi, there were 956 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 new deaths reported Thursday by...
In Mississippi, there were 956 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 new deaths reported Thursday by state health officials.(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 Aug. 5, 2020
Cases by date through Aug. 5, 2020(MSDH)

Hospitalizations

As of Aug. 4, there were 970 people hospitalized with confirmed infections in Mississippi, which is seven more patients than the day before. There are 209 patients in ICU as of Aug. 4, which is up eight patients from the day before. Of those, 192 patients are on ventilators, up 19 patients from the day before.

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

Hospitalization
Hospitalization(MSDH)

Recoveries

State health officials estimate 42,391 Mississippians have now recovered from COVID-19 as of Aug. 2, 2020. That total does not include cases still under investigation. MSDH updates the number of recoveries weekly.

Presumed recovered cases through Aug. 2, 2020
Presumed recovered cases through Aug. 2, 2020(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)(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)(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 Aug. 5, 2020
Cases and deaths by age group through Aug. 5, 2020(MSDH)

The majority of pediatric cases are in children between the ages of 11-7.

Pediatric cases by age group through Aug. 5, 2020
Pediatric cases by age group through Aug. 5, 2020(MSDH)

Underlying conditions are also reported in many of the deaths that have resulted from coronavirus complications.

Underlying conditions in deaths by race/ethnicity through Aug. 5, 2020
Underlying conditions in deaths by race/ethnicity through Aug. 5, 2020(MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 3,838 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of Aug. 5. In all, 800 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 Aug. 5, 2020
LTCF and non-LTCF deaths by date of death through Aug. 5, 2020(MSDH)

Testing

As of Aug. 5, a total of 498,474 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 481,443 PCR tests and 17,031 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 66,974 tests as of Aug. 5. Of those, 7,496 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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