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COVID-19 cases now top 4,000 in Mississippi

The state of Mississippi now has 4,512 cases of COVID-19 of which 169 deaths were attributed, according to statistics from Mississippi State Department of Health. Within Pearl River County, 10 people of 132 cases have died as a result of the virus.
The number of long term care facilities in Pearl River County reporting an outbreak remains at two.
Issaquena County is still the only county in this state without a reported case of the virus.
As of April 19, 2,302 of the statewide cases were reported in African American residents, resulting in 107 deaths. The number of white residents reporting cases totaled 1,459, of which 61 deaths were reported. The remaining cases were attributed to “other” nationalities (358) or 393 cases that are under investigation, MSDH reports.
Underlying conditions have been attributed to difficulties with a COVID-19 case. The worst of which was cardiovascular disease, where more than 87 deaths across all demographics occurred. Of those cases more than 57 were black and 30 were white. Other risk factors included diabetes, hypertension, obesity, lung disease or renal disease. In all of those categories, more black than white people died.
Neurodevelopmental or intellectual disability categories were the only ones where more white people were affected than black.
According to statistics on the MSDH website, deaths categorized in age groups entail: two deaths in the 30 to 39 age group; four deaths in the 40-49 age group; 12 deaths in the 50-59 age group; 45 deaths in the 60-69 age group; 51 deaths in the 70-79 age group; 33 deaths in the 80-89 age group and 22 deaths in the 90 and older age group.
Of the total cases reported, 40.5 percent were males and 59. percent were females.
There have still been no deaths attributed to COVID-19 reported in people younger than 29-years-old in Mississippi.
The counties with 50 or more cases include; Adams with 83 cases, six deaths and two long term care facility outbreaks; Bolivar with 85 cases, 6 deaths and four long term care facilities reporting outbreaks; Desoto with 238 cases and three deaths and one outbreak in a long term care facility; Forrest with 147 cases, four deaths and three long term care facilities reporting outbreaks; Hancock with 53 cases, five deaths and two long term care facility outbreaks; Harrison with 145 cases, five deaths and five long term care facilities reporting an outbreak; Hinds with 347 cases, five deaths and five long term care facilities reporting outbreaks; Holmes County with 60 cases, four deaths and one long term care facility outbreak; Jackson County with 209 cases, six deaths and two long term care facilities reporting an outbreak; Jones County with 74 cases and two long term care facilities with outbreaks; Lafayette with 67 cases, three deaths and one long term care facility outbreak; Lauderdale with 220 cases, 15 deaths and nine reported facility outbreaks; Leake County with 86 cases and one death; Lee County with 63 cases and four deaths; Leflore with 105 cases, 10 deaths and two long term care facilities reporting an outbreak; Lincoln with 107 cases, six deaths and two long term care facilities with outbreaks; Madison with 140 cases, four deaths and three reported facility outbreaks; Monroe County with 75 cases, five deaths and two long term care facility outbreaks; Neshoba County with 73 cases and two deaths; Pike with 115 cases, two deaths and two long term care facility outbreaks; Rankin with 141 cases, two deaths and one long term care facility outbreak; Scott with 148 cases and one long term care facility outbreak; Washington with 71 cases, three deaths and one facility outbreak; Wilkinson County with 61 cases, five deaths and one facility outbreak and Yazoo with 95 cases, one death and a long term care facility outbreak.
As of Sunday, a total of 51,434 people have been tested in Mississippi, either by the MSDH public health laboratory (10,794) or through external medical providers (40,640).