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Over 400 new COVID cases reported in Mississippi over last nine months, 202 new cases reported Tuesday

There were 59 new cases and one new death reported in South Mississippi over the last three days.
Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 9:54 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - On Tuesday, the Mississippi Department of Health reported 608 new cases of COVID-19 in the state. However, 406 of those cases occurred between Aug. 31 and May 13 and have been identified through recent investigations.

Since 3 p.m. on Monday, there are 202 new cases and 11 new deaths reported in the state.

For the six southernmost counties, there were a total of 59 new cases and one new death reported on Tuesday.

The new cases were in Harrison County (29), Jackson County (14), Pearl River County (9), Hancock County (4), George County (2), and Stone County (1).

One new death that occurred between March 14 and May 17 was reported in Harrison County.

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George249648598
Hancock3806876914
Harrison18,00231048568
Jackson13,47024624035
Pearl River453314618837
Stone1831338514

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of May 17 at 3pm, there have been a total of 315,634 cases and 7,268 deaths reported.

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Hospitalizations

As of May 16, there were 161 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 55 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 May 17, 2021, there are 305,388 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

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 May 16, a total of 2,762,752 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers.

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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