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601 new COVID-19 cases, 33 deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

In South Mississippi, there were 115 new cases and 5 new deaths reported Friday
Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 9:38 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 601 new cases of COVID-19 and 33 deaths in the state Friday. The number of new cases is the total reported between 3pm Wednesday and 3pm Thursday.

Of the new cases, 115 were reported in the six lower counties of the state during that period. New cases were reported in Harrison County (45), Jackson County (30), George County (14), Pearl River County (13), Hancock County (9), and Stone County (4).

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George486679689
Hancock76671267215
Harrison33,83552253177
Jackson24,18636828341
Pearl River937023621042
Stone3564648714

Statewide, 33 deaths were reported on Friday. Of those, 17 occurred between Sept. 5 and Oct. 7, including two in Jackson County. An additional 16 deaths that occurred between Aug. 27, 2020, and Oct. 1, 2021, were identified through death certificate reports, which included deaths in Hancock County (1), Harrison County (1), and Jackson County (1).

As of Oct. 7 at 3pm, there have been a total of 494,271 cases and 9,811 deaths reported.

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As of Oct. 6, there were 404 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 152 were in the ICU and 90 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.

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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