17,525 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths reported over New Year’s holiday in Mississippi
1,771 new cases and one death were reported in the six lower counties over the four-day holiday period.
JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 17,525 new cases of COVID-19 and 5 new deaths in the state over the New Year’s holiday. That total is for the period between 3pm Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, through 3pm Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.
In the six lower counties, 1,771 new cases were reported in the following counties during the four-day holiday period. Those cases were in the following counties: Harrison County (771), Jackson County (525), Pearl River County (213), Hancock County (155), Stone County (54), and George County (53). In those six counties, a total of one new death that occurred between Dec. 29-30 was reported in Hancock County in a long-term care facility.
As of Jan. 3 at 3pm, there have been a total of 561,262 cases and 10,455 deaths reported in Mississippi.
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As of Dec. 29, there were 514 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 123 were in the ICU and 57 were on a ventilator. The majority of those hospitalized are not vaccinated, according to MSDH.
A Health Alert released by the Mississippi State Department of Health on Wednesday warned about the rapid increase in cases, hospitalizations, and outbreaks over the last week. Some key points include:
- Hospitalizations have increased at a very rapid rate as well, with 400 total admissions forCOVID-19 reported on 12/27/2021, compared to just 239 on 12/24/2021.
- Outbreaks in nursing home settings have almost doubled in the last week, up to 63 total outbreaks on 12/27/2021.
- There is an increased demand for testing in the last week as well and the percent positivity has increased to approximately 11% statewide.
- Omicron cases are growing. For the week ending December 25, 2021, the Omicron variant accounted for approximately 13% of all samples sequenced in the state, up from approximately 8% in the previous week. Samples collected in the last two weeks still pending sequencing.
- The Omicron variant is significantly more infectious than the Delta variant, potentially 50% more, and we anticipate this variant will become the predominant strain in Mississippi in the coming days to weeks.
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 and booster shots are available for Mississippians 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 48% of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated as of Dec. 28. That’s much lower than the national average of vaccinated Americans, which currently sits at 62%. As for booster shots, 29% of Mississippians have received one.
To see the most recent vaccination report from MSDH, click here.
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: 228-809-5000
- 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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