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.
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),
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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.
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.
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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