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Warren County reports three COVID-19 deaths Tuesday and 12 new cases

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After two days of new COVID-19 case counts below 1,000 — and no cases reported in Warren County —Tuesday’s report shows cases over 1,000 again. Warren County is reporting deaths for the third consecutive day Tuesday.

In Warren County, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 12 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and three new deaths, the highest number of deaths reported on the same day since the start of the crisis. The cumulative number of cases in the county to date is 976, and the county’s death toll is 30.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,074 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 62,199.

MSDH reported Tuesday that 42 Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 1,753. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.8%, a rate that has held steady for several days.

The numbers of deaths can lag new cases by 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 age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are young people from 18 to 29 years old.

MSDH reported deaths in the following counties Tuesday.

County Deaths reported Tuesday
Amite 1
Calhoun 1
Copiah 2
Covington 1
Grenada 1
Harrison 1
Hinds 4
Holmes 1
Jackson 4
Jasper 1
Lafayette 1
Lamar 1
Leflore 1
Lincoln 1
Madison 4
Marion 1
Noxubee 1
Oktibbeha 1
Pearl River 1
Rankin 2
Scott 2
Simpson 1
Sunflower 1
Tate 1
Union 1
Warren 3
Washington 1
Wilkinson 1

Deaths and new cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3. MSDH usually reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

The primary metric concerning state health officials are the numbers of people hospitalized, and that number has been steadily rising with new cases. On June 6, the number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at a low of 358. Since then, hospitalizations have nearly tripled. Two weeks ago, health officials began warning repeatedly that some hospitals were running out of ICU beds. That warning has become more urgent as the numbers of cases continue to rise.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, is 1,164. The number includes 963 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 201 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 314 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 173 were on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 42,391 through Sunday, Aug. 2. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 68.2% of the cumulative 62,199 cases reported as of Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Tuesday, July 14, was 612, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 582, or about 59.4% of the 980 cumulative cases reported Tuesday, Aug. 4. The county has an estimated 368 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 total number of Mississippians tested for COVID-19 (PCR tests) as of Friday, July 31, is 460,594 or about 15.5% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. The positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average) is about 23.3%, according to Johns Hopkins University, indicating Mississippi is not testing nearly enough, and results are probably an undercount of actual infections. A rate of 5% or less indicates adequate testing. Mississippi’s positivity rate has been the highest or among the highest in the nation for more than a week.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities is 172 Tuesday. About 44.6%, or 770, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities. Eighteen of the 42 deaths reported Tuesday were in long-term care facilities.

In Warren County as of 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30, MSDH reported that four long-term facilities were under investigation for active COVID-19 outbreaks:

  • Belmont Gardens has one case among staff.
  • Shady Lawn has seven cases among staff, 31 cases among residents and three resident deaths.
  • The Bluffs has eight cases among staff and 24 among residents.
  • Vicksburg Convalescent has 11 cases among staff and 11 among residents.

A total of 13 deaths in the county were residents of LTC facilities, including nine residents of Heritage House Nursing Center, which is no longer under investigation.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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