644 new COVID-19 cases, 33 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

121 new cases and 3 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 644 new cases of COVID-19 and 33 new deaths reported Tuesday by state health officials.

In South Mississippi, that number breaks down to 121 new cases and three new deaths reported for the six southernmost counties.

As of Aug. 10, 2020, the new cases are reported in the following: Harrison County (71), Jackson County (26), Hancock County (7), George County (6), Stone County (6), and Pearl River County (5).

Three new deaths were reported in the following counties: George County (1), Jackson County (1), and Pearl River County (1).

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 595 6 5 0
Hancock 402 14 8 4
Harrison 2601 36 146 15
Jackson 2314 44 68 7
Pearl River 559 40 57 16
Stone 211 5 23 2

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of Aug. 10 at 6pm, there have been a total of 68,293 cases investigated, which includes 1,354 probable cases. There have been 1,944 deaths investigated, including 65 probable deaths.

*The graphics in this story will be updated once they’re available on the MSDH website.

Mississippi COVID-19 cases/deaths through August 9, 2020
Mississippi COVID-19 cases/deaths through August 9, 2020 (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.

Mississippi COVID-19 cases by date
Mississippi COVID-19 cases by date (Source: MSDH)

Hospitalizations

As of Aug. 9, there were 932 people hospitalized with confirmed infections in Mississippi, which is 11 fewer patients than the day before. There are 328 patients in ICU, and of those 196 patients are on ventilators.

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

Mississippi COVID-19 Hospitalizations through August 9, 2020
Mississippi COVID-19 Hospitalizations through August 9, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Recoveries

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.

Presumed recovered cases through Aug. 9, 2020
Presumed recovered cases through Aug. 9, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Underlying Conditions, Race, and Age

Cases among young adults ages 18 to 29 are highest, warns MSDH. The majority of pediatric cases are in children between the ages of 11-7.

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group
COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group (Source: MSDH)
COVID-19 Pediatric Cases
COVID-19 Pediatric Cases (Source: MSDH)

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

COVID-19 Underlying Conditions in Deaths
COVID-19 Underlying Conditions in Deaths (Source: MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 4,067 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of Aug. 9. In all, 832 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 in Mississippi LTCFs
COVID-19 in Mississippi LTCFs (Source: MSDH)

Testing

As of Aug. 9, a total of 517,845 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 500,237 PCR tests and 17,608 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 69,003 tests as of Aug. 10. Of those, 7720 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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