1,212 new COVID-19 cases, 17 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

224 new cases and two new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Saturday

1,212 new COVID-19 cases, 17 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi
Cases by date through Oct. 23, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - In Mississippi, there were 1,212 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 new deaths reported Saturday in the entire state.

On Oct. 23, MSDH reported 224 new cases and two new deaths for the six southernmost counties.

County # of Confirmed Cases # of Deaths # of LTC Cases # of LTC Deaths
George 992 18 36 6
Hancock 840 28 48 6
Harrison 5223 84 257 32
Jackson 4578 84 102 8
Pearl River 1136 60 94 23
Stone 475 14 55 9

The new cases are reported in the following: Harrison County (94), Jackson County (75), Hancock County (24), George County (13), Stone County (11), and Pearl River County (7).

One new death was reported between Oct. 19-23 in Harrison County. An additional death was also reported in Pearl River County, identified from death certificate reports from Sept. 22- Oct. 17.

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

COVID-19 cases in Mississippi Oct. 22. 2020
COVID-19 cases in Mississippi Oct. 22. 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of Oct. 23 at 6pm, there have been a total of 115,088 cases investigated, which includes 101,683 confirmed cases. There have been 3,255 deaths investigated, including 2,944 confirmed deaths.

Cases by date through Oct. 23, 2020
Cases by date through Oct. 23, 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.

High case MS counties over 2-week period (Sept. 28-Oct. 11)
High case MS counties over 2-week period (Sept. 28-Oct. 11) (Source: MSDH)

Hospitalizations

As of Oct. 22, there were 597 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 158 were in the ICU and 70 were on ventilators. The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials.

Hospitalizations reported by MS hospitals 10/2/20-10/22/20
Hospitalizations reported by MS hospitals 10/2/20-10/22/20 (Source: MSDH)

Recoveries

As of Oct. 18, there are 97,675 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 Oct. 18, 2020
Presumed recovered cases through Oct. 18, 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. 23, 2020
Cases and deaths by age group through Oct. 23, 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. 23, 2020
Pediatric cases and deaths by age group through Oct. 23, 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 Oct. 18, 2020
MIS-C cases and deaths by age group through Oct. 18, 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 Oct. 18, 2020
Underlying conditions in deaths by race/ethnicity through Oct. 18, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 6,699 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state as of Oct. 23. In all, 1,304 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. 23, 2020
LTCF and non-LTCF deaths by date of death through Oct. 23, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Testing

As of Oct. 10, a total of 941,532 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 827,497 PCR tests, 41,053 antibody tests, and 72,982 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 83,645 tests as of Oct. 23. Of those, 9,106 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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