2,290 new COVID-19 cases, 30 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

352 new cases and 2 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Thursday.

Thursday's COVID-19 conversation with Dr. Teresa Williamson

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 2,290 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 new deaths reported Thursday in the entire state.

On Jan. 21, MSDH reported 352 new cases and two new deaths for the six southernmost counties.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 2027 39 59 7
Hancock 2853 60 69 14
Harrison 13,876 199 480 65
Jackson 10,652 187 217 30
Pearl River 3380 104 158 33
Stone 1484 24 84 13

New cases were reported in the following counties: Harrison County (145), Jackson County (95), Pearl River County (51), Hancock County (28), Stone County (25), and George County (8).

In the six southernmost counties, new deaths that occurred between Jan. 8-20 were reported in the following counties: Hancock County (1).

Additional deaths that occurred between Dec. 16 and Jan. 15 and were identified through death certificate reports happened in the following South Mississippi counties: Pearl River County (1).

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

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Hospitalizations

As of Jan. 19, there were 1161 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 301 were in the ICU and 180 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 Jan. 20 at 6pm, there have been a total of 259,117 cases investigated, which includes 166,398 confirmed cases. There have been 5,668 deaths investigated, including 4,218 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 Jan. 17, there are 207,769 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.

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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 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 10,022 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of Jan. 20. In all, 1,864 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 Jan. 16, a total of 2,056,401 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 1,420,596 PCR tests, 68,780 antibody tests, and 567,025 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.

MSDH labs have conducted 103,466 tests as of Jan. 20. Of those, 12,594 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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