233 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths Wednesday in Mississippi

There were 43 new cases and no new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday.
Singing River Health System is partnering with schools, churches, businesses and the Rotary Club to help get more COVID-19 vaccinations into arms.
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 9:56 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 233 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths reported Wednesday in the entire state.

As of April 21, MSDH reported 43 new cases and no new deaths for the six southernmost counties.

The new cases were in Jackson County (26), George County (11), Harrison County (3), Hancock County (2), and Pearl River County (1). No new cases were reported in Stone County.

New deaths in South Mississippi that occurred between April 17 and April 18 were reported in Harrison County (1).

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George240847598
Hancock3745856914
Harrison17,61230448568
Jackson13,21024324035
Pearl River444914218837
Stone1797338514

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of April 20 at 3pm, there have been a total of 309,818 cases and 7,163 deaths reported.

For more information on vaccinations, including who is eligible and where appointments can be made, click here.

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Hospitalizations

As of April 19, there were 180 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 60 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 19, 2021, there are 299,066 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 10,442 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of April 21. In all, 1,974 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 18, a total of 2,678,288 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 1,752,785 PCR tests, 90,429 antibody tests, and 835,074 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.

For more information on vaccinations, including who is eligible and where appointments can be made, click here.

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