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Warren County shatters its record for new COVID-19 cases; one new death reported Friday



Friday, Warren County shattered its record for the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a single day.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 33 new COVID-19 cases in Warren County Friday, bringing the cumulative number of cases in the county to 496. The previous record was 20 cases reported Thursday.

One new death was reported Friday in Warren County, bringing the county’s death toll to 18.

Deaths in the county include nine residents of Heritage House Nursing Center. As of Thursday, July 2, MSDH reports that Belmont Gardens and The Bluffs Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center are under investigation for active COVID-19 outbreaks. Belmont Gardens has two COVID-19 cases among staff, and The Bluffs has one case among staff.

Statewide, MSDH reports 914 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 29,684. The number has only been topped once, with 1,092 cases reported June 25, eight days ago.

MSDH reports that 11 Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide Friday, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 1,103. Nearly half of the state’s deaths, 533, were people in long-term care facilities. The state’s mortality rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 3.7%, a rate that has been falling slowly for a few weeks.

The numbers of deaths can lag behind new cases by as long as two weeks or more, which may be one reason deaths in the state have not risen dramatically. In addition, most new cases are being seen in younger people recently, and they are more likely to survive the virus.

COVID-19 deaths are reported in the following counties Friday:

County Deaths reported Friday
Bolivar 1
Lee 2
Monroe 1
Neshoba 1
Oktibbeha 1
Sunflower 1
Tallahatchie 1
Tate 1
Warren 1
Wayne 1

Deaths and new cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Thursday, July 2. 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 19,388 through Sunday, June 28. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 65.3% of the cumulative 29,684 cases reported as of Friday, July 3.

Based on the number of cases reported Friday, June 12, in Warren County (245), the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 227, or about 45.8% of the 496 cumulative cases reported Friday, July 3. The county has an estimated 251 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. Those numbers have been rising steadily since early June. Mississippians hospitalized for the virus continues in record territory.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 845 Mississippians were hospitalized for the virus, including 603 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 242 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 165 were critically ill and in intensive care units, and 95 were on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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