2,191 new COVID-19 cases, 79 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

326 new cases and 10 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.

Tuesday's COVID-19 conversation with SRHS CEO Lee Bond

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 2,191 new cases of COVID-19 and 79 new deaths reported Tuesday in the entire state. It’s the highest number of new deaths reported in Mississippi in a single day since the pandemic began.

On Dec. 22, MSDH reported 326 new cases and 10 new deaths for the six southernmost counties.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 1620 34 48 7
Hancock 1726 51 68 13
Harrison 9713 139 447 51
Jackson 8126 151 215 25
Pearl River 2274 77 143 28
Stone 1065 18 63 9

The new cases are reported in the following counties: Harrison County (139), Jackson County (128), Hancock County (18), George County (18), Pearl River County (14), and Stone County (9).

New deaths that occurred between Dec. 12-21 were reported in the following South Mississippi counties: Hancock County (1), Harrison County (4), and Jackson County (4). One new death that occurred between Nov. 20 and Dec. 16 was identified by a death certificate in George County.

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

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Hospitalizations

As of Dec. 20, there were 1,257 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 326 were in the ICU and 189 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. 21 at 6pm, there have been a total of 197,691 cases investigated, which includes 140,913 confirmed cases. There have been 4,490 deaths investigated, including 3,683 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 8,952 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of Dec. 21. In all, 1,636 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 95,534 tests as of Dec. 21. Of those, 11,215 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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