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8,460 new COVID cases, 48 deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

In the six lower counties of the state, there were 1,462 new cases and two new deaths reported Wednesday.
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Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 12:09 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of Mississippi, according to the state Department of Health. That total is the number of positive COVID cases from 3pm Monday to 3pm Tuesday.

Of the 48 deaths reported statewide, 39 of those happened between Jan. 14-18. On the Gulf Coast, only one death in Harrison County was reported during that time. An additional death that occurred between Oct. 5 and Dec. 30 was also reported in Pearl River County.

There were 1,462 new cases reported in the six lower counties of the state. Those cases were in the following counties: Harrison County (518), Jackson County (406), Pearl River County (218), Stone County (182), Hancock County (75), and George County (63).

As of Jan. 18 at 3pm, there have been a total of 665,544 cases and 10,690 deaths reported in Mississippi.

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George610080759
Hancock981514114022
Harrison43,43257657581
Jackson31,44639832341
Pearl River12,24424822742
Stone4461679514
A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of...
A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of Mississippi, according to the state Department of Health. That total is the number of positive COVID cases from 3pm Monday to 3pm Tuesday.(MSDH)

As of Jan. 17, there were 1,423 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 286 were in the ICU and 121 were on ventilators.

A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of...
A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of Mississippi, according to the state Department of Health. That total is the number of positive COVID cases from 3pm Monday to 3pm Tuesday.(MSDH)
A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of...
A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of Mississippi, according to the state Department of Health. That total is the number of positive COVID cases from 3pm Monday to 3pm Tuesday.(MSDH)
A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of...
A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of Mississippi, according to the state Department of Health. That total is the number of positive COVID cases from 3pm Monday to 3pm Tuesday.(MSDH)

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.

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

A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of...
A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of Mississippi, according to the state Department of Health. That total is the number of positive COVID cases from 3pm Monday to 3pm Tuesday.(MSDH)
A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of...
A total of 8,460 new cases and 48 new deaths were reported Wednesday across the state of Mississippi, according to the state Department of Health. That total is the number of positive COVID cases from 3pm Monday to 3pm Tuesday.(MSDH)

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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