270 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths Wednesday in Mississippi

There were 65 new cases and 3 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday.

Tuesday's COVID-19 conversation with lead clinical pharmacist Chris Ayers

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 270 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 new deaths reported Wednesday in the entire state.

As of April 6, MSDH reported 65 new cases and 3 deaths for the six southernmost counties. Those deaths were in Harrison, Jackson, and Stone counties. (Note: The 3 deaths occurred in prior weeks, but were just added to the county numbers on Wednesday.)

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 2370 46 59 7
Hancock 3711 84 69 14
Harrison 17,441 300 485 68
Jackson 13,074 243 240 35
Pearl River 4405 139 188 37
Stone 1778 31 85 14

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of April 6 at 3pm, there have been a total of 306,611 cases and 7,077 deaths reported.

Mississippi COVID-19 cases by date through April 6, 2021.
Mississippi COVID-19 cases by date through April 6, 2021. (Source: MSDH)

Hospitalizations

As of April 4, there were 163 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 52 were in the ICU. The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials.

As of April 4, there were 163 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 52 were in the ICU.
As of April 4, there were 163 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 52 were in the ICU. (Source: MSDH)
Mississippi's COVID-19 cases by age through April 5, 2021.
Mississippi's COVID-19 cases by age through April 5, 2021. (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.

Mississippi COVID-19 high case counties over a two week period (March 16-29, 2021)
Mississippi COVID-19 high case counties over a two week period (March 16-29, 2021) (Source: MSDH)

Recoveries

As of April 5, 2021, there are 295,569 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.

As of April 5, 2021, there are 295,569 people who are presumed to have recovered from COVID-19.
As of April 5, 2021, there are 295,569 people who are presumed to have recovered from COVID-19. (Source: MSDH)

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 group through April 5, 2021.
Mississippi COVID-19 cases and deaths by age group through April 5, 2021. (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.

Underlying conditions are also reported in many of the deaths that have resulted from coronavirus complications.

Mississippi's underlying conditions in COVID-19 cases through April 5, 2021.
Mississippi's underlying conditions in COVID-19 cases through April 5, 2021. (Source: MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 10,438 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of April 5. In all, 1,972 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's COVID-19 LTCF deaths by date through April 5, 2021.
Mississippi's COVID-19 LTCF deaths by date through April 5, 2021. (Source: MSDH)

Testing

As of April 4, a total of 2,633,209 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 1,726,829 PCR tests, 88,079 antibody tests, and 818,301 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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