JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 7,079 new cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths in the state Thursday. That case total is for the period between 3pm Tuesday and 3pm Wednesday.
It’s the highest single-day number of cases the state has recorded since the pandemic began in March 2020. On Wednesday, Mississippi also set a record with the highest number of cases in a 24-hour period, reporting 6,592 new cases. Before this week, the highest number of cases in a 24-hour period was 5,048 on Aug. 20, 2021, which was at the height of the Delta variant being seen across the country.
On Thursday in the six lower counties, 1,057 new cases and no new deaths were reported in the following counties during that period. Those cases were in the following counties: Harrison County (370), Jackson County (408), Pearl River County (130), Hancock County (83), George County (35), and Stone County (31). No new deaths were reported in those counties.
As of Jan. 5 at 3pm, there have been a total of 579,773 cases and 10,511 deaths reported in Mississippi.
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As of Jan. 4, there were 785 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 170 were in the ICU and 69 were on a ventilator. The majority of those hospitalized are not vaccinated, according to MSDH.
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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