212 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths Friday in Mississippi

There were 42 new cases and one new death reported in South Mississippi on Friday.

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 212 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths reported Friday in the entire state.

As of April 23, MSDH reported 42 new cases and one new death for the six southernmost counties.

The new cases were in Harrison County (21), Jackson County (8), Pearl River County (6), George County (3), Hancock County (2), and Stone County (2).

Of the two deaths reported in the state, one was in Jackson County and occurred on April 20.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 2413 47 59 8
Hancock 3749 85 69 14
Harrison 17,647 306 485 68
Jackson 13,254 245 240 35
Pearl River 4457 142 188 37
Stone 1799 33 85 14

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of April 22 at 3pm, there have been a total of 310,349 cases and 7,175 deaths reported.

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Hospitalizations

As of April 21, there were 203 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 57 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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MSDH (Source: MSDH)

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 23. 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.

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