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573 new COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths reported in Mississippi on Tuesday

There were a total of 107 new cases and one new death reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.
Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 9:39 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 573 new cases of COVID-19 and nine new deaths in the state reported on Tuesday.

For the six southernmost counties, there were a total of 107 new cases and one new death reported as of 3pm Monday.

The new cases were reported in Harrison County (47), Jackson County (21), Pearl River County (14), Stone County (13), Hancock County (9), and George County (3).

In the six southern counties, one new death that occurred between May 8 and July 13 was reported in Harrison County.

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George258051598
Hancock4008886914
Harrison19,26832349271
Jackson14,09825124135
Pearl River484714919439
Stone2047368514

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of July 19 at 3pm, there have been a total of 329,703 cases and 7,477 deaths reported.

Of those cases, positive diagnoses of the COVID-19 variants are also being rapidly being detected across Mississippi, including in the six southernmost counties. As of July 13, a total of 1,013 variant cases have been detected, with 22 of those resulting in death. That’s 114 more cases and two more deaths than was reported the week before on July 6.

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Variants

In the six southernmost counties, COVID-19 variant cases have been reported in the following counties as of July 13, 2021: George County (2), Hancock County (7), Harrison County (32), Jackson County (14), Pearl River County (12), and Stone County (3). Deaths from the variant have been reported in Harrison County (1) and Pearl River County (1).

Those cases are mostly from the United Kingdom Alpha variant. However, cases of both California Epsilon variants, the India Delta variant, the South Africa Beta variant, and the Japan/Brazil Gamma variant have also been detected.

Click here to see a breakdown of each county where variants have been found.

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Hospitalizations

As of July 18, there were 369 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 125 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.

Recoveries

As of July 19, 2021, there are 315,209 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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Testing

As of July 18, a total of 2,969,361 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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