JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - On Friday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported a total of 246 new COVID-19 cases and four new deaths as of 3 p.m. the day before.
For the six southernmost counties, there were a total of 39 new cases and one new death reported Friday.
The new cases were in Harrison County (16), Jackson County (15), Pearl River County (4), Hancock County (2), Stone County (1), and George County (1).
In the lower six South Mississippi counties, one death that occurred on March 20 was identified through death certificate reports in Pearl River County.
Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of April 29 at 3pm, there have been a total of 311,900 cases and 7,199 deaths reported.
As of April 28, there were 186 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 48 were in the ICU. The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.