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4,041 new COVID-19 cases, 65 deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

In South Mississippi, there were 1,029 new cases and 13 new deaths reported on Friday.
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 9:18 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 4,041 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths in the state on Friday. The number of new cases is the 24-hour total reported between 3pm Wednesday and 3pm Thursday.

Of the new cases, 1,029 were reported in the six lower counties of the state during that single-day period. In the state’s lower counties, those new cases were reported in Jackson County (355), Harrison County (321), Pearl River County (189), Hancock County (88), Stone County (39), and George County (37).

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George390460629
Hancock6311977215
Harrison28,79338651874
Jackson20,79528826637
Pearl River752117820942
Stone3135448514

Of the 65 new deaths reported Friday, 35 of them occurred between July 8 and Aug. 26; the other 30 deaths were identified through death certificate reports and occurred between Feb. 18 and Aug. 21. In the six lower counties of the state, those deaths were reported in Hancock County (3), Harrison County (5), Pearl River County (3), George County (1), and Stone County (1).

As of Aug. 26 at 3pm, there have been a total of 427,640 cases and 8,279 deaths reported.

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Between Aug. 3 and Aug. 16, 343 people died from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That’s more than double the number of deaths caused by COVID during the two prior between July 20 and Aug. 2.

In the last month, hospitalizations in Mississippi have more than doubled. As of Aug. 25, there were 1,638 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 472 were in the ICU and 325 were on a ventilator. The majority of those hospitalized are not vaccinated, according to MSDH.

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Cases among adults ages 25-39 are highest, warns MSDH. However, the majority of people who have died from COVID-19 are over the age of 65.

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COVID-19 vaccinations for Mississippians are available at no cost from MSDH sites around the state, and from local pharmacies and healthcare providers. In all, the Mississippi Department of Health reports that 35 percent of the state’s residents have been vaccinated as of July 28. To see the most recent vaccination report from MSDH, click here.

Click here for more information on vaccinations, including where appointments can be made.

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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.

As of Aug. 16, 2021, there are 336,849 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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