JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 612 new cases of COVID-19 and 22 new deaths reported Thursday by state health officials.
In South Mississippi, that number breaks down to 44 new cases and four new deaths reported for the six southernmost counties.
As of Aug. 12, 2020, the new cases are reported in the following: Jackson County (20), Harrison County (12), Pearl River County (4), Hancock County (5), George County (2), and Stone County (1).
Four new deaths were reported, which include the following: George County (1), Jackson County (2), and Stone County (1).
Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of Aug. 12 at 6pm, there have been a total of 69,986 cases investigated, which includes 1,556 probable cases. There have been 2,011 deaths investigated, including 69 probable deaths.
*The graphics in this story will be updated once they’re available on the MSDH website.
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.
As of Aug. 11, there were 972 people hospitalized with confirmed infections in Mississippi, which is 16 more patients than the day before. There are 323 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.
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.
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.
Underlying conditions are also reported in many of the deaths that have resulted from coronavirus complications.
Long-term Care Facilities
A total of 4,186 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of Aug. 12. In all, 864 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 Aug. 11, a total of 524,118 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 506,353 PCR tests and 17,765 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 69,572 tests as of Aug. 12. Of those, 7,788 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.