321 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

321 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Sunday

321 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi
Coronavirus in Mississippi (Source: MSDH)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 321 new cases of COVID-19 and 2 new deaths reported Sunday across the entire state.

In South Mississippi, that number breaks down to 32 new cases and no new deaths reported for the six southernmost counties.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 820 14 34 6
Hancock 622 22 14 4
Harrison 4077 76 255 31
Jackson 3739 70 77 7
Pearl River 952 54 80 22
Stone 389 13 48 8

As of Oct. 3, 2020, the new cases are reported in the following: Harrison County (18), Pearl River County (6), Hancock County (5), Jackson County (2), and Stone County (1). No new cases were reported in George County.

*The graphics in this story will be updated once they’re available on the MSDH website.

COVID-19 cases in Mississippi October 2
COVID-19 cases in Mississippi October 2 (Source: MSDH)

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of Oct. 3 at 6pm, there have been a total of 100,488 cases investigated, which includes 92,154 confirmed cases. There have been 3,013 deaths investigated, including 2,765 confirmed deaths.

Cases by date through Oct. 2, 2020
Cases by date through Oct. 2, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

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 High case MS counties over one week period (Sept. 14-Sept. 20, 2020)
COVID-19 High case MS counties over one week period (Sept. 14-Sept. 20, 2020) (Source: MSDH)

Hospitalizations

As of Oct. 2, there were 412 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 132 were in the ICU and 69 were on ventilators. The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials.

COVID-19 hospitalizations Sept 12 - Oct. 2
COVID-19 hospitalizations Sept 12 - Oct. 2 (Source: MSDH)

Recoveries

As of Sept. 27, there are 89,737 people who are presumed to have recovered from COVID-19.

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.

Presumed recovered cases through Sept. 27, 2020
Presumed recovered cases through Sept. 27, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Pediatric Cases, including MIS-C, and Underlying Conditions

Cases among young adults ages 18 to 29 are highest, warns MSDH. The majority of pediatric cases are in children between the ages of 11-7.

Cases and deaths by age group through Oct. 2, 2020
Cases and deaths by age group through Oct. 2, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Mississippi reported its first pediatric death from COVID-19 on Sept. 1, 2020. Officials said the child was between the ages of 1-5.

Pediatric cases and deaths by age group through Oct. 2, 2020
Pediatric cases and deaths by age group through Oct. 2, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19 that causes inflammation in many body parts, including the heart and other vital organs. Those aged 20 and younger diagnosed with MIS-C have either been infected with COVID-19 or been around something who has COVID-19.

MIS-C Cases and deaths by age group through Sept. 27, 2020
MIS-C Cases and deaths by age group through Sept. 27, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Underlying conditions are also reported in many of the deaths that have resulted from coronavirus complications.

Underlying conditions in deaths by race/ethnicity through Sept. 27, 2020
Underlying conditions in deaths by race/ethnicity through Sept. 27, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 6,204 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of Oct. 2. In all, 1,227 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.”

LTCF and non-LTCF deaths by date of death through Oct. 2, 2020
LTCF and non-LTCF deaths by date of death through Oct. 2, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Testing

As of Sept. 27, a total of 823,185 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 728,519 PCR tests, 38,720 antibody tests, and 55,946 antigen 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 81,563 tests as of Oct. 3. Of those, 8,863 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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