317 new COVID-19 cases, 23 new deaths Tuesday in Mississippi

There were 56 new cases and 2 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.

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

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 317 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 new deaths reported Tuesday in the entire state.

As of April 12, MSDH reported 56 new cases and two new deaths for the six southernmost counties.

The new cases were in Harrison County (17), Jackson County (19), Pearl River County (8), George County (3), and Hancock County (7), and Stone County (2).

In the six southernmost counties, one new death was reported in Pearl River County that occurred between April 9-11. An additional death in Pearl River County that occurred between Feb. 3 and April 7 was also identified through death certificate reports.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 2381 47 59 8
Hancock 3728 85 69 14
Harrison 17,510 302 485 68
Jackson 13,118 243 240 35
Pearl River 4428 141 188 37
Stone 1793 31 85 14

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of April 12 at 3pm, there have been a total of 307,836 cases and 7,119 deaths reported.

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Hospitalizations

As of April 11, there were 173 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.

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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 April 12, 2021, there are 297,362 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 10,439 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of April 11. In all, 1,973 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 April 11, a total of 2,655,925 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 1,739,251 PCR tests, 89,336 antibody tests, and 827,338 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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