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Mississippi tops 8,000 COVID-19 cases, 188 cases and 24 deaths locally

As of Wednesday, Mississippi has 8,686 COVID-19 cases, with 396 deaths and an estimated 4,421 recoveries, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. In Pearl River County, there have been 188 cases and 24 deaths.

Still only two long-term care facilities in the county are reporting outbreaks. However, the number of reported cases in county long-term care facilities has increased to 42, with six deaths.

Issaquena County remains the only county in the state with no reported cases.

As of Tuesday May 5, COVID-19 was still disproportionately affecting the black community, with 3,878 cases reported in African American residents, resulting in 170 deaths. A total of 2,290 white residents are reporting cases, resulting in 129 deaths. The state is reporting 315 cases in Hispanic residents, with 2 deaths.

Of the remaining cases, 1,567 are under investigation and 262 are attributed to other ethnicities. Two deaths are marked other.

Underlying conditions can make people more vulnerable to COVID-19. Of the COVID-19 deaths in Mississippi, cardiovascular disease was seen in 165 cases, diabetes in 131, hypertension in 175, obesity in 85, lung disease in 89, renal disease in 71, neurologic conditions in 83, immunocompromised in 47 and liver disease in nine. In all categories except for neurologic conditions and liver disease, more black than white people died.

Broken down by age, there was one death in the 18-29 age group, seven deaths in the 30-39 age group, 13 deaths in the 40-49 age group, 25 deaths in the 50-59 age group, 84 deaths in the 60-69 age group, 106 deaths in the 70-79 age group and 84 deaths in the 80-89 age group. Although the 90 plus age group had the smallest number of cases, 220, of any age range, there have been 54 deaths in the 90 plus age group. More cases, 1,482, have been found in 40-49 year olds than any other age range.

There are still no deaths attributed to COVID-19 cases in people younger than 18 in the state, although there have been 334 cases in that age group. In people younger than 18, 171 cases are in the 11-17 age group, 74 cases occurred in 6-10 year olds, 60 cases were found in children ages 1-5 and there have been 29 cases in children younger than 1-year-old.

Of the total number of cases, 40.8 percent were in men and 58.8 percent were in women, and in 0.4 percent the gender is categorized as unknown.

As of Wednesday, the counties with 50 or more cases include; Adams with 157 cases, 11 deaths and 38 cases in long-term care facilities; Attala with 170 cases, three deaths and 41 cases in long-term care facilities; Bolivar with 115 cases, eight deaths and 16 cases in long-term care facilities; Calhoun with 57 cases, four deaths and 23 cases in long-term care facilities; Carroll with 99 cases, three deaths and 39 long-term care facility cases; Chickasaw with 84 cases, nine deaths and 39 cases reported in long-term care facilities; Clarke with 71 cases, six deaths and 12 cases in long-term care facilities; Clay with 63 cases; Coahoma with 70 cases and three deaths; Copiah with 141 cases, one death and two cases reported in a long-term care facility; Covington with 84 cases; Desoto with 320 cases, five deaths and one case in a long term care facility; Forrest with 283 cases, 18 deaths and 29 cases in long term care facilities; Hancock with 72 cases, nine deaths and six cases in a long term care facility; Harrison with 188 cases, six deaths and one case in a long term care facility; Hinds with 600 cases, 11 deaths and 20 long term care facility cases; Holmes County with 190 cases, 16 deaths and 28 cases in long term care facilities; Itawamba with 66 cases, six deaths and 32 cases in long-term care facilities; Jackson County with 272 cases, 11 deaths and 39 cases in long term care facilities; Jasper with 76 cases and two deaths; Jones County with 209 cases, four deaths and 17 cases in long-term care facilities; Kemper with 84 cases, six deaths and 19 cases in long-term care facilities; Lafayette with 96 cases, three deaths and 36 cases in long term care facilities; Lamar with 136 cases, four deaths and two cases in a long term care facility; Lauderdale with 450 cases, 40 deaths and 113 cases in long term care facilities; Lawrence with 61 cases and one long-term care facility case; Leake County with 267 cases and two deaths; Lee County with 73 cases, four deaths and five cases reported in a long-term care facility; Leflore with 180 cases, 18 deaths and 44 cases in long term care facilities; Lincoln with 179 cases, 12 deaths and 54 cases in long term care facilities; Lowndes with 71 cases, three deaths and seven long term care facility cases; Madison with 333 cases, 12 deaths and 42 facility cases; Marion with 80 cases, seven deaths and 14 cases in long term care facilities; Marshall with 50 cases and two deaths; Monroe County with 188 cases, 20 deaths and 91 facility cases; Montgomery with 56 cases and one death; Neshoba County with 261 cases, 11 deaths and 27 cases in long term care facilities; Newton with 121 cases and one facility case; Noxubee with 97 cases, two deaths and nine cases reported in long-term care facilities; Oktibbeha with 62 cases, four deaths and 11 facility cases; Pike with 162 cases, nine deaths and 14 cases reported in long term care facilities; Rankin with 231 cases, six deaths and six facility cases; Scott with 423 cases, five deaths and nine facility cases; Simpson with 56 cases and two facility cases; Smith with 95 cases, six deaths and 24 long term care facility cases; Sunflower with 61 cases and three deaths; Tippah with 61 cases and 10 deaths; Warren with 90 cases, two deaths and 11 facility cases; Washington with 78 cases, three deaths and four facility cases; Wilkinson County with 74 cases, nine deaths and five facility cases and Yazoo with 154 cases and two deaths.

As of Wednesday, a total of 80,308 people have been tested in Mississippi, either by the MSDH public health laboratory (13,367) or through external medical providers (66,941).