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228 COVID cases, 61 deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

In the six lower counties of the state, there were 50 new cases and 4 new deaths reported Tuesday.
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Published: Mar. 2, 2022 at 7:36 AM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - A total of 228 new cases and 61 new deaths were reported Tuesday across the state of Mississippi, according to the state Department of Health. That total is the number of positive COVID-19 cases from 3pm Sunday to 3pm Monday.

Of the 61 deaths reported, 10 occurred between Feb. 14-27; none of those were in the six lower counties of the state. The other 51 deaths occurred between Nov. 23, 2021 and Feb. 25, and were identified from death certificate reports. Among those were deaths in Hancock County (2), Harrison County (1), and Jackson County (1).

There were 50 new cases reported in the six lower counties of the state. Those cases were in the following counties: Harrison County (31), Jackson County (9), Hancock County (6), Pearl River County (2), George County (1), and Stone County (1).

As of Feb. 28 at 3pm, there have been a total of 790,168 cases and 12,100 deaths from COVID-19 in Mississippi.

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George711186949
Hancock12,13114814623
Harrison53,18364674487
Jackson36,72344141846
Pearl River14,96426626942
Stone53807011214
A total of 228 new cases and 61 new deaths were reported Tuesday across the state of...
A total of 228 new cases and 61 new deaths were reported Tuesday across the state of Mississippi, according to the state Department of Health. That total is the number of positive COVID-19 cases from 3pm Sunday to 3pm Monday.(MSDH)

As of Feb. 28, there were 336 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 90 were in the ICU and 27 were on ventilators.

Hospitalizations reported by MS hospitals, 2/8/22 to 2/28/22
Hospitalizations reported by MS hospitals, 2/8/22 to 2/28/22(MSDH)
Hospitalized COVID-19 cases by age group in MS
Hospitalized COVID-19 cases by age group in MS(MSDH)
COVID cases and deaths by age group in MS
COVID cases and deaths by age group in MS(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 deaths by vaccination/booster status in MS
Proportion of COVID deaths by vaccination/booster status in MS(MSDH)
Risk of death among fully vaccinated vs. not vaccinated by age group in MS
Risk of death among fully vaccinated vs. not vaccinated by age group in MS(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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