1,167 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

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

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 1,167 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths reported Monday in the entire state.

On Dec. 21, MSDH reported 203 new cases and no new deaths for the six southernmost counties.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 1602 33 47 7
Hancock 1708 50 68 13
Harrison 9574 135 436 51
Jackson 7998 147 214 24
Pearl River 2260 77 143 28
Stone 1056 18 63 9

The new cases are reported in the following counties: Jackson County (52), Harrison County (96), Pearl River County (22), Hancock County (21), George County (8), and Stone County (4).

No new deaths were reported in South Mississippi.

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

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Hospitalizations

As of Dec. 18, there were 1,226 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 308 were in the ICU and 188 were on ventilators. The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials.

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Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of Dec. 20 at 6pm, there have been a total of 195,500 cases investigated, which includes 139,944 confirmed cases. There have been 4,411 deaths investigated, including 3,646 confirmed deaths.

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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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Recoveries

As of Dec. 20, there are 154,669 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 11-17.

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 8,864 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of Dec. 20. In all, 1,616 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 Dec. 19, a total of 1,730,435 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 1,267,602 PCR tests, 60,877 antibody tests, and 401,956 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 95,336 tests as of Dec. 20. Of those, 11,201 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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