589 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

48 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Monday

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 589 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths reported Monday in the entire state.

On Nov. 15, MSDH reported 48 new cases and no new deaths for the six southernmost counties.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 1159 22 36 6
Hancock 1071 34 57 8
Harrison 6453 101 303 35
Jackson 5763 105 113 12
Pearl River 1327 65 99 23
Stone 632 14 57 9

The new cases are reported in the following: Jackson County (17), Harrison County (21), Pearl River County (4), Hancock County (3), and Stone County (3). No new cases were reported in George County.

No new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Sunday.

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

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Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of Nov. 15 at 6pm, there have been a total of 134,898 cases investigated, which includes 112,610 confirmed cases. There have been 3,545 deaths investigated, including 3,138 confirmed deaths.

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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.

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Hospitalizations

As of Nov. 13, there were 691 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 185 were in the ICU and 96 were on ventilators. The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations 10/24/20 - 11/13/20
COVID-19 Hospitalizations 10/24/20 - 11/13/20 (Source: MSDH)

Recoveries

As of Nov. 15, there are 116,683 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.

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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.

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

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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

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

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Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 7,199 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of Nov. 15. In all, 1,375 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.”

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Testing

As of Nov. 14, a total of 1,213,935 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 1,019,601 PCR tests, 48,342 antibody tests, and 145,992 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 85,497 tests as of Nov. 15. Of those, 9,367 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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