426 new COVID-19 cases, 39 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

53 new cases and 7 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday.

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 426 new cases of COVID-19 and 39 new deaths reported Wednesday across the entire state.

In South Mississippi, that number breaks down to 53 new cases and seven new deaths reported for the six southernmost counties.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 716 13 21 4
Hancock 526 20 9 4
Harrison 3547 66 223 26
Jackson 3218 64 75 7
Pearl River 799 49 70 20
Stone 339 10 44 6

As of Sept. 8, 2020, the new cases are reported in the following: Jackson County (20), Harrison County (20), Hancock County (6), George County (2), and Pearl River County (5). No new cases were reported in Stone County.

Seven new deaths were reported. Three deaths were reported in Jackson County and two deaths were reported in Harrison County. Harrison and Jackson counties also each reported one death, respectively, that occurred between July 14 and Aug. 28, said MSDH.

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

In Mississippi, there were 426 new cases of COVID-19 and 39 new deaths reported Wednesday across the entire state.
In Mississippi, there were 426 new cases of COVID-19 and 39 new deaths reported Wednesday across the entire state. (Source: MSDH)

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of Sept. 8 at 6pm, there have been a total of 87,805 cases investigated, which includes 4,862 probable cases. There have been 2,623 deaths investigated, including 176 probable deaths.

Cases by date through Sept. 7, 2020
Cases by date through Sept. 7, 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.

Hospitalizations

As of Sept. 4, there were 608 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections, which is the lowest number Mississippi has seen in months. Of those, 186 were on ventilators. The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials.

Mississippi COVID-19 Hospitalizations through Sept., 4, 2020
Mississippi COVID-19 Hospitalizations through Sept., 4, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Recoveries

As of Sept. 7, there are 74,098 people who are presumed to have recovered from COVID-19.

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 Sept. 7, 2020
Presumed recovered cases through Sept. 7, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Pediatric Cases, including MIS-C, and Underlying Conditions

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.

Cases and deaths by age group through Sept. 7, 2020
Cases and deaths by age group through Sept. 7, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Mississippi reported its first pediatric death from COVID-19 on Sept. 1, 2020. Officials said the child was between the ages of 1-5.

Pediatric cases and deaths by age group through Sept. 7, 2020
Pediatric cases and deaths by age group through Sept. 7, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19 that causes inflammation in many body parts, including the heart and other vital organs. Those aged 20 and younger diagnosed with MIS-C have either been infected with COVID-19 or been around something who has COVID-19.

MIS-C cases and deaths by age group through Sept. 7, 2020
MIS-C cases and deaths by age group through Sept. 7, 2020 (Source: 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 Sept. 7, 2020
Underlying conditions in deaths by race/ethnicity through Sept. 7, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 5,428 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of Sept. 7. In all, 1,083 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 Sept. 7, 2020
LTCF and non-LTCF deaths by date of death through Sept. 7, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Testing

As of Sept. 8, a total of 668,198 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 604,776 PCR tests, 28,071 antibody tests, and 35,351 antigen 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 77,681 tests as of Sept. 8. Of those, 8,500 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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