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Fifth COVID-19 death and two new cases in Warren County



COVID-19 Update

After two days with no new cases, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports the fifth death and two new COVID-19 cases Tuesday in Warren County. The total number of cases in the county is now 135. The county’s death toll from the virus stands at five, including three residents of long-term care facilities. The county has 34 cases in one long-term care facility under investigation.

Statewide, MSDH reports 272 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 11,704.

MSDH also reports 27 additional Mississippians died of COVID- 19.the largest one day death toll since the crisis began, bringing the number of deaths in the state to 554.

Deaths were reported in the following counties Tuesday:

County Number of deaths reported Tuesday
Amite 1
Attala 2
Carroll 1
Claiborne 1
Clarke 1
Copiah 1
Covington 1
Forrest 2
Jones 1
Kemper 1
Lauderdale 1
Leake 1
Lee 1
Neshoba 1
Noxubee 1
Oktibbeha 2
Pearl River 1
Scott 2
Smith 2
Tate 1
Warren 1
Yalobusha 1

Deaths and new cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Monday, May 18. MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each morning based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

MSDH is also reporting the number of estimated COVID-19 cases presumed recovered in Mississippi. That number is 7,681 through May 17. This figure will be updated weekly.

Long-term care facilities

Many of the new cases and deaths in Mississippi are reflected in cases and deaths in the state’s long-term care facilities. The number of individual COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities total 1,534 Tuesday, an increase of 55 cases since Sunday. Deaths among residents total 271, an increase of 20. About 13.1% of the state’s cases and 48.9% of the state’s deaths from the virus are people from long-term care facilities. The number of active outbreaks under investigation is 98, a decrease of three.

Lauderdale County in East Central Mississippi has the highest number of cases and deaths in long-term care facilities in the state, with 159 cases and 28 deaths. It also has among the highest total COVID-19 cases and deaths reported in the state with 602 cases and the 46 deaths as of Tuesday.

Mississippi is paying special attention to any outbreaks in these facilities. Even one case is a long-term care facility is considered an outbreak because of the ages and poor health of many residents. Long-term care facilities include nursing homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, personal care homes, assisted living facilities, long-term acute care facilities, and psychiatric or chemical dependency residential treatment centers.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide additional information from MSDH in this story as soon as possible.

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