161 COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

There were 25 new cases and no new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Thursday.

Thursday's COVID-19 conversation with Dr. Andrea Logan

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - On Thursday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported a total of 161 new COVID-19 cases and two new deaths as of 3 p.m. the day before.

For the six southernmost counties, there were a total of 25 new cases and no new deaths reported Thursday.

The new cases were in Harrison County (9), Jackson County (7), George County (5), Stone County (3), and Hancock County (1). No new cases were reported in Pearl River County.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 2451 47 59 8
Hancock 3757 86 69 14
Harrison 17,719 306 485 68
Jackson 13,348 246 240 35
Pearl River 4478 143 188 37
Stone 1807 33 85 14

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of April 28 at 3pm, there have been a total of 311,654 cases and 7,195 deaths reported.

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Hospitalizations

As of April 27, there were 170 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 46 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 26, 2021, there are 300,323 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 25. 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 25, a total of 2,696,862 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 1,763,256 PCR tests, 91,135 antibody tests, and 842,471 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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