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577 COVID cases, 24 deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

In the six lower counties of the state, there were 55 new cases and 4 new deaths reported Friday.
Memorial Hospital family medicine providers Dr. Tim Sanford and Dr. Tracy Sanford to tell us more about what they are seeing in Mississippi.
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 4:57 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - A total of 577 new cases and 24 new deaths were reported Friday across the state of Mississippi, according to the state Department of Health. That total is the number of positive COVID-19 cases from 3pm Wednesday to 3pm Thursday.

Of the 24 deaths reported, five occurred between Feb. 19 and Feb. 23, including one in Harrison County and one in Pearl River County. The other 19 deaths occurred between Jan. 13 and Feb. 20, and were identified from death certificate reports. Those deaths include one from Jackson County, and one in Pearl River County.

There were 55 new cases reported in the six lower counties of the state. Those cases were in the following counties: Harrison County (27), Jackson County (8), Stone County (8), Pearl River County (5), Hancock County (3), and George County (4),

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George710586949
Hancock12,11614614623
Harrison53,08964474487
Jackson36,68043941846
Pearl River14,95426526942
Stone53757011214
As of February 24 at 3pm, there have been a total of 789,056 cases and 12,008 deaths reported...
As of February 24 at 3pm, there have been a total of 789,056 cases and 12,008 deaths reported in Mississippi.(MSDH)

As of Feb. 24, there were 432 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 123 were in the ICU and 74 were on ventilators.

As of Feb. 24, there were 432 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of...
As of Feb. 24, there were 432 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 123 were in the ICU and 74 were on ventilators.(MSDH)
Mississippi's COVID-19 Hospitalizations Trends
Mississippi's COVID-19 Hospitalizations Trends(MSDH)
Mississippi COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group
Mississippi COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group(MSDH)
Mississippi's Hospitalized COVID-19 Cases by Age Group
Mississippi's Hospitalized COVID-19 Cases by Age Group(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 51% of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated as of Feb. 25. That’s lower than the national average of vaccinated Americans, which currently sits at 65%. As for booster shots, 36% of Mississippians have received one. The national average is 43%.

To see the most recent vaccination report from MSDH, click here.

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

Proportion of COVID-19 Deaths by Vaccination/Booster Status
Proportion of COVID-19 Deaths by Vaccination/Booster Status(MSDH)
Risk of death among fully vaccinated vs. Not vaccinated by age group in Missssippi
Risk of death among fully vaccinated vs. Not vaccinated by age group in Missssippi(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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