163 new COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

31 new cases and one new death reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.

Tuesday's COVID-19 conversation with SRHS's Chief Nursing Officer Susan Russell

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 163 cases of COVID-19 and 12 new deaths reported Tuesday in the entire state.

On March 29, MSDH reported 31 new cases and one new death for the six southernmost counties.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 2366 46 59 7
Hancock 3672 84 69 14
Harrison 17,335 299 485 68
Jackson 13,022 241 240 35
Pearl River 4376 137 188 36
Stone 1768 30 85 14

New cases were identified in Harrison County (15), Jackson County (12), Hancock County (1), George County (1), Pearl River County (1), and Stone County (1).

Between Jan. 1 and March 23, one new death identified through death certificate reports was reported in Harrison County.

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Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of March 29 at 6pm, there have been a total of 304,858 cases and 7,013 deaths reported.

Hospitalizations

As of March 28, there were 213 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 64 were in the ICU. The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials.

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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 March 29, there are 292,872 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 10,437 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of March 29. In all, 1,967 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 March 28, a total of 2,610,281 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 1,714,781 PCR tests, 87,245 antibody tests, and 808,255 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.

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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