2,071 new COVID-19 cases, 42 deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

In South Mississippi, there were 512 new cases and 12 new deaths reported Thursday.
Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 11:40 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 2,071 new cases of COVID-19 and 42 deaths in the state Thursday. The number of new cases is the total reported between 3pm Tuesday and 3pm Wednesday.

Of the new cases, 512 were reported in the six lower counties of the state during that period. New cases were reported in Harrison County (217), Jackson County (108), Hancock County (97), Pearl River County (47), George County (40), and Stone County (3).

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
Pearl River905521921042

Statewide, 42 deaths were reported total Thursday. Of those, 24 deaths occurred between Sept. 12-21, including in Jackson County (7). An additional 18 deaths that occurred between July 13 and Sept. 13 were identified through death certificate reports, including in Hancock County (1), Harrison County (2), and Pearl River County (2).

As of Sept. 22 at 3pm, there have been a total of 481,397 cases and 9,395 deaths reported.


As of Sept. 21, there were 768 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 284 were in the ICU and 206 were on a ventilator. The majority of those hospitalized are not vaccinated, according to MSDH.


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.


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.


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.

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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