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Another 1,000-plus new COVID-19 cases in Mississippi Wednesday, four in Warren County

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Wednesday was the third time that more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Mississippi. The first time was June 28 and again July 10.

In Warren County, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports four new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths Wednesday. The cumulative number of cases in the county to date is 616, and the county’s death toll is 22.

As of Thursday, July 9, MSDH reported that Shady Lawn Health and Rehabilitation, The Bluffs Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center and the Vicksburg Convalescent Center are under investigation for active COVID-19 outbreaks in Warren County. Shady Lawn has one COVID-19 case among residents, The Bluffs has two cases among staff and Vicksburg Convalescent has one case among staff. Deaths in the county include nine residents of Heritage House Nursing Center, which is no longer under investigation.

Statewide, MSDH reports 1,025 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 38,567.

MSDH reports that 18 Mississippian died of COVID-19 statewide Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 1,290. About 48% of the state’s deaths were people in long-term care facilities. The state’s mortality rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 3.3%, a rate that has been falling very slowly for a few weeks.

The numbers of deaths can lag new cases by as long as two weeks or more, which may be one reason deaths in the state had not risen dramatically until July 7 when 44 deaths were reported. In addition, most new cases are seen in younger people recently, and they are more likely to survive the virus than those 65 and older. By far, the largest age group reporting cases in Mississippi are young people from 18 to 29 years old.

MSDH reported deaths in the following counties Wednesday:

County Deaths reported Wednesday
Forrest 1
Hancock 1
Hinds 1
Jackson 1
Lauderdale 1
Madison 1
Neshoba 1
Pike 2
Walthall 1
Washington 1

Seven confirmed COVID-19 related deaths occurred between July 2 and July 7, identified from death certificate reports. The additional deaths were reported in the following counties:

County Deaths reported on death certificate reports
Adams 1
Claiborne 1
Grenada 1
Harrison 1
Jones 1
Lauderdale 1
Pike 1

Deaths and new cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 14. MSDH usually reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 25,932 through Sunday, July 12. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 59.5% of the cumulative 38,567 cases reported as of Wednesday, July 15.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Wednesday, June 24, was 358, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county July 15 is 336, or about 54.5% of the 616 cumulative cases reported Wednesday, July 15. The county has an estimated 258 active cases.

These estimates are based on MSDH’s guidelines for calculating estimated recoveries when hospitalizations are not known, using the number of cases 21 days ago, less known outcomes (deaths).

The primary metric concerning state health officials are the numbers of people hospitalized, and that number has been steadily rising with new cases. Last week, health officials began warning repeatedly that some hospitals were running out of ICU beds.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Monday, July 13, is a record 1,101. The number includes 825 with confirmed cases of COVID-19, a record number, and 276 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 240 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 132 were on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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