State tops 11k cases, and 528 deaths from COVID-19, 195 cases and 26 deaths locally
Published 7:00 am Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Mississippi now has 11,432 cases of COVID-19, of which 528 deaths were attributed according to statistics from the Mississippi State Department of Health published on Sunday. In Pearl River County, 26 people out of the 195 cases have died of COVID-19.
Eight of the deaths in Pearl River County involved patients at long term care facilities.
Issaquena County remains the only Mississippi county with no reported cases.
As of May 16, 5,588 Mississippi cases of COVID-19 were reported in African American residents. There have been 268 deaths reported in African American Mississippians attributed to the virus. There are 3,099 reported COVID-19 cases attributed to white Mississippi residents resulting in 221 deaths. The remaining deaths were attributed to other nationalities, MSDH reports.
Underlying conditions have been attributed to difficulties in COVID-19 cases. The most dangerous underlying condition is hypertension. Of the patients who died of the virus who had hypertension, 129 of these deaths were attributed to white Mississippians and 166 deaths were attributed to African American Mississippians. Other risks factors include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, renal disease and neurological conditions. In each of these categories, a higher number of African Americans died than white Mississippians except in the categories of neurological conditions and liver disease.
According to statistics from MSDH, deaths categorized in age groups are as follows: one death in the 18-29 age group; 10 deaths in the 30-39 age group; 19 deaths in the 40-49 age group; 37 deaths in the 50-59 age group; 115 deaths in the 60-69 age group; 150 deaths in the 70-79 age group; 121 deaths in the 80-89 age group and 75 deaths in the 90 and older age group.
Of the total cases reported in Mississippi, 40.7 percent were in males and 58.8 percent were in females. About 16.8 percent of reported cases required hospitalization. It is presumed that 7,681 people have recovered from a case of COVID-19 in this state.
As of May 16, 115,767 people have been tested for the virus in Mississippi by either the MSDH Public Health Laboratory (19,049) or other providers (96,718).