2,756 new COVID-19 cases, 40 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

315 new cases and 5 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Thursday.

Thursday's COVID-19 conversation with Dr. Randy Roth

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 2,756 new cases of COVID-19 and 40 new deaths reported Thursday in the entire state.

On Dec. 31, MSDH reported 315 new cases and 5 new deaths for the six southernmost counties.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 1732 35 48 7
Hancock 2033 55 70 14
Harrison 10,680 157 470 57
Jackson 8771 158 215 26
Pearl River 2581 81 155 31
Stone 1173 18 78 9

The new cases are reported in the following counties: Harrison County (130), Jackson County (54), Hancock County (52), Pearl River County (45), Stone County (29), and George County (5).

Between Dec. 7 and Dec. 30, new deaths occurred in the following: Jackson County (2), Harrison County (1), Hancock County (1), and Pearl River County (1). The deaths in Harrison and Pearl River counties were both residents of long-term care facilities.

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

Mississippi COVID-19 cases and deaths through Dec. 30, 2020
Mississippi COVID-19 cases and deaths through Dec. 30, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Hospitalizations

As of Dec. 29, there were 1387 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 321 were in the ICU and 208 were on ventilators. The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials.

As of Dec. 29, there were 1387 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 321 were in the ICU and 208 were on ventilators.
As of Dec. 29, there were 1387 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 321 were in the ICU and 208 were on ventilators. (Source: MSDH)
Mississippi COVID-19 Hospitalization Trends as of 12/27/20
Mississippi COVID-19 Hospitalization Trends as of 12/27/20 (Source: MSDH)
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Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of Dec. 30 at 6pm, there have been a total of 215,811 cases investigated, which includes 147,965 confirmed cases. There have been 4,787 deaths investigated, including 3,825 confirmed deaths.

Mississippi COVID-19 cases by date through Dec. 30, 2020
Mississippi COVID-19 cases by date through Dec. 30, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

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. 27, there are 167,263 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 adults ages 25-39 are highest, warns MSDH. Most geriatric cases occur in the 70-79 age group. 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.

Mississippi COVID-19 cases and deaths by age through Dec. 30, 2020
Mississippi COVID-19 cases and deaths by age through Dec. 30, 2020 (Source: MSDH)
Mississippi COVID-19 pediatric cases and deaths through Dec. 30, 2020
Mississippi COVID-19 pediatric cases and deaths through Dec. 30, 2020 (Source: MSDH)
Mississippi COVID-19 geriatric cases and deaths through Dec. 30, 2020
Mississippi COVID-19 geriatric cases and deaths through Dec. 30, 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 someone 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 9,341 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of Dec. 30. In all, 1,709 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.”

Mississippi COVID-19 LTCF and Non-LTCF Deaths by Date through Dec. 30, 2020
Mississippi COVID-19 LTCF and Non-LTCF Deaths by Date through Dec. 30, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

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. *The Mississippi State Dept. of Health notes that technical problems have delayed their ability to update these combined testing numbers. They hope to have the problem resolved soon.

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.

MSDH labs have conducted 98,508 tests as of Dec. 30. Of those, 11,768 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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