990 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

South Mississippi reported 97 new cases of coronavirus. 44 of them are in Harrison County.

990 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi
Across the entire state, there were 990 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 new deaths reported Saturday. (Source: MSDH)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - Across the entire state, there were 990 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 new deaths reported Saturday.

In South Mississippi, that number breaks down to 97 new cases and no new deaths reported for the six coastal counties as of 6 p.m. July 3.

Harrison County reported 44 new cases on Saturday.

New cases were also reported in the following: George County (8), Harrison County (44), Jackson County (32), Pearl River County (6), and Stone County (7).

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases #of LTC Deaths
George 86 3 1 0
Hancock 126 13 8 4
Harrison 886 10 65 4
Jackson 616 16 46 5
Pearl River 254 32 48 12
Stone 64 1 0 0

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of July 3, there have been a total of 30,674 cases investigated, which includes 216 probable cases. There have been 1,107 deaths investigated, including 18 probable deaths.

Across the entire state, there were 990 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 new deaths reported Saturday.
Across the entire state, there were 990 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 new deaths reported Saturday. (Source: MSDH)

Cases among young adults ages 18 to 29 are rising, warns MSDH.

Confirmed cases and deaths are generally determined by positive PCR tests, which detect the presence of ongoing coronavirus infection.

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group through July 3, 2020
COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group through July 3, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Probable cases are those who test positive by other testing methods such as antibody or antigen, and have recent symptoms consistent with COVID-19, indicating a recent infection.

Probable deaths are those individuals with a designation of COVID-19 as a cause of death on the death certificate, but where no confirmatory testing was performed.

COVID-19 Cases by Date of Illness Onset through July 3, 2020
COVID-19 Cases by Date of Illness Onset through July 3, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Recoveries

State health officials estimate 19,388 Mississippians have now recovered from COVID-19 as of June 28, 2020. That total does not include cases still under investigation. MSDH updates the number of recoveries weekly.

COVID-19 Presumed Recovered Cases through June 28, 2020
COVID-19 Presumed Recovered Cases through June 28, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

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.

Hospitalizations

The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials. As of July 3, there were 647 people hospitalized with confirmed infections in Mississippi. Of those, 88 patients are on ventilators and 175 are in ICU.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by MS Hospitals, 6/21/20-7/3/20
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by MS Hospitals, 6/21/20-7/3/20 (Source: MSDH)

Weekly High Case and High Incidence Counties

The state is now ranking counties by weekly cases, and by incidence (cases proportional to population). All tables are updated weekly.

COVID-19 High Case MS Counties Over 1 Week Period, 6/22/20 to 6/28/20
COVID-19 High Case MS Counties Over 1 Week Period, 6/22/20 to 6/28/20 (Source: MSDH)
COVID-19 High Incidence MS Counties Over 1 Week Period, 6/22/20 to 6/28/20
COVID-19 High Incidence MS Counties Over 1 Week Period, 6/22/20 to 6/28/20 (Source: MSDH)

Underlying Conditions, Race, and Age

Underlying conditions are also reported in many of the deaths that have resulted from coronavirus complications. Most deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in patients with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

COVID-19 Underlying Conditions in Deaths by Race/Ethnicity through July 3, 2020
COVID-19 Underlying Conditions in Deaths by Race/Ethnicity through July 3, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 2,743 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of July 3. In all, 537 people diagnosed while in long-term care facilities have died.

MSDH says: “Long-term care (LTC) facilities like nursing homes are considered high-risk locations because their residents are older or in poor health. Even one case of COVID-19 in these facilities among residents or employees is considered an outbreak. We investigate residents, staff and close contacts of infected individuals for possible exposure.”

COVID-19 LTCF and Non-LTCF Deaths by Date of Death through July 3, 2020
COVID-19 LTCF and Non-LTCF Deaths by Date of Death through July 3, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Testing

As of July 3, a total of 322,221 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 309,699 PCR tests and 12,522 antibody tests.

PCR testing detects current, active COVID-19 infection in an individual. Antibody (serology) testing identifies individuals with past COVID-19 infection based on antibodies they develop one to three weeks after infection.

In all, MSDH labs have conducted 50,860 tests as of July 3. Of those, 4,553 have shown positive results.

Drive-through clinics for testing are popping up across the state. However, health officials are asking that you call ahead to make sure you meet the qualifications for testing.

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: 228-809-5044
  • MS Dept. of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 877-978-6453.

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