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7,971 new COVID-19 cases, 82 deaths reported over the weekend in Mississippi

In South Mississippi, there were 1,437 new cases and 17 new deaths reported over the last three days.
Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 8:31 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 7,971 new cases of COVID-19 and 82 deaths in the state over the weekend. The number of new cases is the 72-hour total reported between 3pm Thursday and 3pm Sunday.

Of the new cases, 1,437 were reported in the six lower counties of the state during that three-day period. In the state’s lower counties, those new cases were reported in Harrison County (594), Jackson County (362), Pearl River County (173), Hancock County (173), George County (94), and Stone County (41).

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George399860629
Hancock6484987215
Harrison29,38739551874
Jackson21,15729226637
Pearl River769417920942
Stone3176468514

All 82 deaths reported over the previous three days occurred between July 30 and Aug. 29, which includes 49 deaths that happened since Aug. 13. The six lower counties reported those deaths in Hancock County (1), Harrison County (9), Jackson County (4), Pearl River County (1), and Stone County (2).

As of Aug. 29 at 3pm, there have been a total of 435,611 cases and 8,361 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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