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MSDH reports 1,199 new cases and 9 deaths; including long-awaited review of YOY death counts




VICKSBURG, Miss. (Vicksburg Daily News) – Mississippi State Department of Health reports 1,199 new COVID-19 cases and 9 new deaths, bringing statewide totals to 331,863 cases and 7,494 deaths.

Warren County has seen 30 new cases and 2 new deaths in the past week, for a total of 4,612 confirmed cases and 125 deaths.

MSDH recently released provisional death counts, a metric that many citizens have been curious to see given the reportedly ‘small’ number of COVID-19 infections that result in death.  MDSH reports an average of 32,526 deaths each year from 2017-2019, as a baseline, compared to 40,194 total deaths in 2020.  This is an increase of 7,668 deaths in 2020 above the average of the three previous years.

The 2017-2019 average deaths in which pneumonia or influenza were listed as a contributing cause of death is reported to be 2,253, compared to 5,125 in 2020.  That’s 2,872 higher in 2020 than the average of the three previous years.

When broken out by age group, 2020 showed a slight increase across the board with the most significant increases in age groups 55-years and older.

View the full provisional death counts report here.


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