868 new COVID-19 cases, 19 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

South Mississippi reported 93 new cases of coronavirus and no new deaths

868 new COVID-19 cases, 19 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi
(Source: MS Dept of Health)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - Across the entire state, there were 868 new cases of COVID-19 and 19 new deaths reported Sunday.

In South Mississippi, that number breaks down to 93 new cases and no new deaths reported for the six southernmost counties as of 6 p.m. July 11.

As of July 11, here are the cases reported in the following: George County (7), Hancock County (4), Harrison County (41), Jackson County (23), Pearl River County (15), and Stone County (3).

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases #of LTC Deaths
George 123 3 1 0
Hancock 148 13 8 4
Harrison 1177 16 98 9
Jackson 798 19 48 6
Pearl River 303 32 50 12
Stone 77 2 2 1

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of July 11, there have been a total of 36,287 cases investigated, which includes 326 probable cases. There have been 1,249 deaths investigated, including 22 probable deaths.

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

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 through July 10, 2020 in Mississippi
COVID-19 Cases by Date through July 10, 2020 in Mississippi (Source: MSDH)

Recoveries

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.

COVID-19 Presumed Recovered Cases through July 5, 2020
COVID-19 Presumed Recovered Cases through July 5, 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 10, there were 703 people hospitalized with confirmed infections in Mississippi. That is the highest number of hospitalized cases the state has seen to date. Of those, 107 patients are on ventilators and 202 are in ICU.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by MS Hospitals 06/20/20 - 07/10/20
COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by MS Hospitals 06/20/20 - 07/10/20 (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, 6/29-7/5, 2020
COVID-19 High Case MS Counties Over 1 Week Period, 6/29-7/5, 2020 (Source: MSDH)
COVID-19 High Incidence Countries Over 1 Week Period, 6/29-7/5
COVID-19 High Incidence Countries Over 1 Week Period, 6/29-7/5 (Source: MSDH)

Underlying Conditions, Race, and Age

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

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group through July 10, 2020 in Mississippi
COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group through July 10, 2020 in Mississippi (Source: MSDH)

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 10, 2020 in Mississippi
COVID-19 Underlying Conditions in Deaths by Race/Ethnicity through July 10, 2020 in Mississippi (Source: MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 2,959 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of July 10. In all, 593 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 Jul 10, 2020
COVID-19 LTCF and Non-LTCF Deaths by Date of Death through Jul 10, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Testing

As of July 10, a total of 347,152 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 334,029 PCR tests and 13,123 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 53,427 tests as of July 10. Of those, 4,930 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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