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276 new COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths reported in Mississippi on Thursday

There were 37 new cases and three new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Thursday.
Updated: May. 20, 2021 at 9:20 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 276 new cases of COVID-19 and nine new deaths in the state on Thursday.

For the six southernmost counties, there were a total of 37 new cases and three new deaths reported as of 3 p.m. on the previous day.

The new cases were in Jackson County (14), Harrison County (13), Hancock County (4), Stone County (3), Pearl River County (2), and George County (1).

New deaths were reported Thursday in Harrison County (1) and Jackson County (2).

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George249748598
Hancock3816876914
Harrison18,03031148568
Jackson13,49024824035
Pearl River453814618837
Stone1834338514

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of May 19 at 3pm, there have been a total of 316,167 cases and 7,278 deaths reported.

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Hospitalizations

As of May 18, there were 174 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 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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