JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - Across the entire state, there were 674 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 new deaths reported Wednesday.
In South Mississippi, that number breaks down to 59 new cases and 1 new death reported for the six coastal counties as of 6 p.m. July 7.
As of July 7, here are the most cases reported in the following: George County (3), Hancock County (0), Harrison County (34), Jackson County (15), Pearl River County (4), and Stone (3). Harrison County also had 1 coronavirus-related death and 9 new cases in long-term care facilities. Stone County saw two new LTC cases and one new LTC death.
Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of July 7, there have been a total of 32,888 cases investigated, which includes 268 probable cases. There have been 1,188 deaths investigated, including 20 probable deaths.
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.
State health officials estimate 22,167 Mississippians have now recovered from COVID-19 as of July 5, 2020. That total does not include cases still under investigation. MSDH updates the number of recoveries weekly.
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.
The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials. As of July 7, there were 645 people hospitalized with confirmed infections in Mississippi. Of those, 101 patients are on ventilators and 190 are in ICU.
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.
Underlying Conditions, Race, and Age
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.
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.
Long-term Care Facilities
A total of 2,833 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of July 7. In all, 570 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.”
As of July 5, a total of 327,087 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 314,459 PCR tests and 12,628 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 51,847 tests as of July 7. Of those, 4,659 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.