COVID-19 cases top 20,000 in state

Published 7:00 am Thursday, June 18, 2020

The state of Mississippi’s COVID-19 case total has reached 20,641 with 938 confirmed deaths according to statistics from the Mississippi State Department of Health. There are 73 long-term care facility outbreaks in the state with an outbreak being defined as one more cases among staff and residents at such a facility. In Pearl River County, the total number of cases is 224 with 32 total deaths. Twelve of these deaths were at long term care facilities.

Issaquena County remains the only Mississippi county with no reported cases of the virus.

As of June 16, 9,865 cases of COVID-19 were reported in black Mississippians. There have been 463 COVID-19 deaths reported in black Mississippians. There are 5,003 reported COVID-19 cases attributed to white Mississippians resulting in 372 deaths. The remaining deaths were attributed to other nationalities, MSDH reports.

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In Pearl River County there have been 60 cases in black residents with nine deaths and 122 cases in white residents with 21 deaths.

In Pearl River County, of the black residents with the virus, nine out of 60 of those known to be infected died or roughly 15%. Of white residents with the virus, 21 out of 122 of those known to be infected died or about 17.2%.

Accounting for all reported Mississippi COVID-19 cases, a higher percentage of white residents infected with the virus have died than the percentage of black residents infected with the virus. Of those infected in Mississippi, 9,865 cases in black residents were reported, of which 463 died, or 0.47%. In white residents, 5,003 cases were reported, of which 372, or 0.74% have died, MSDH reports. White Mississippians infected with the virus died at more than a 1.5 times higher rate than black residents infected with the virus, according to those statistics.

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, 242 of these deaths were attributed to white Mississippians and 311 deaths were attributed to black Mississippians. Other risk factors include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity renal disease and neurological conditions. In each of these categories, a higher number of black residents died than white Mississippians except in the categories of neurological conditions and liver disease.

As of June 16, in Mississippi there have been 95 cases of the virus in infants younger than 1 year of age, 299 cases in children aged 1-5, 340 cases in children aged 6-10 and 746 cases in children aged 11-17.

According to statistics from MSDH, deaths categorized in age groups are as follows: five deaths in the 18-29 age group; 16 deaths in the 30-39 age group; 40 deaths in the 40-49 age group; 73 deaths in the 50-59 age group; 199 deaths in the 60-69 age group; 259 deaths in the 70-79 age group; 217 deaths in the 80-89 age group and 129 deaths in the 90 and older age group.

Of the total cases reported in Mississippi, 41% were in males and 58.3% were in females.

About 15.5% of reported cases are confirmed to have required hospitalization, while for 6.9% of cases the rate of hospitalization is unknown.

MSDH reports that the high case Mississippi counties over a one-week period (June 8-June 14) include Hinds, Jones, Harrison, Wayne, Desoto, Madison, Copiah, Lee, Jackson, Neshoba and Rankin counties. The counties are ranked by weekly number of cases.

MSDH reports that the high incidence Mississippi counties over a one-week period (June 8-June 14) include Quitman, Wayne, Grenada, Copiah, Claiborne, Neshoba, Webster, Pike, Holmes, Jones, Jefferson and Greene counties. The counties are ranked by incidence, which is the number of cases proportional to the county’s population.

MSDH estimates that as of June 14, 15,323 Mississippi COVID-19 patients have recovered.

As of June 15, 244,248 people have been tested for the virus in Mississippi by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory or other healthcare providers. There have been 10,222 antibody tests administered to Mississippians.