Mississippi COVID-19 cases reach 25,000

Published 7:00 am Saturday, June 27, 2020

The state of Mississippi’s COVID-19 case total has reached 25,066 with 1,022 confirmed deaths according to statistics from the Mississippi State Department of Health. There are 87 long-term care facility outbreaks in the state with an outbreak being defined as one more cases among staff and residents at a LTC facility. In Pearl River County, the total number of cases is 235 with 32 total deaths. Twelve of these deaths were at LTC facilities.

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

As of June 25, 11,412 cases of COVID-19 were reported in black Mississippians. There have been 502 COVID-19 deaths reported in black Mississippians. There are 5,975 reported COVID-19 cases attributed to white Mississippians resulting in 396 deaths. The remaining deaths were attributed to other ethnicities, MSDH reports.

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In Pearl River County there have been 64 cases in black residents with nine deaths and 127 cases in white residents with 21 deaths.

In Pearl River County, of the black residents with the virus, nine out of 64 of those known to be infected died or roughly 14%. Of white residents with the virus, 21 out of 127 of those known to be infected died, or about 16.5%.

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, 261 of these deaths were attributed to white Mississippians and 344 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 25, in Mississippi there have been 152 cases of the virus in infants under 1 year of age, 422 cases in children aged 1-5, 466 cases in children aged 6-10 and 1,025 cases in children aged 11-17.

According to statistics from MSDH, deaths categorized in age groups are as follows: seven deaths in the 18-29 age group; 17 deaths in the 30-39 age group; 47 deaths in the 40-49 age group; 85 deaths in the 50-59 age group; 220 deaths in the 60-69 age group; 276 deaths in the 70-79 age group; 232 deaths in the 80-89 age group and 138 deaths in the 90 and older age group.

Of the total cases reported in Mississippi, 41.2% were in males and 58.2% were in females.

About 14.4% of reported cases are confirmed to have required hospitalization, while for 10.1% of cases the rate of hospitalization is unknown.

MSDH reports that the high case Mississippi counties over a one-week period (June 15-June 21) include Hinds, Desoto, Warren, Harrison, Wayne, Panola, Lincoln, Copiah, Lafayette, Jones, Neshoba and Pike counties. The counties are ranked by weekly number of cases.

MSDH reports that the high incidence Mississippi counties over a one-week period (June 15-June 21) include Wayne, Claiborne, Covington, Carroll, Walthall, Grenada, Chickasaw, Copiah, Montgomery, Panola, Tallahatchie and Clay 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 21, 17,242 Mississippi COVID-19 patients have recovered.

As of June 25, 283,123 people have been tested for the virus in Mississippi by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory or other healthcare providers. There have been 11,389 antibody tests administered to Mississippians.