Mississippi COVID-19 cases surpass 36,000, local death count still at 32

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The state of Mississippi’s COVID-19 case count has reached 36,680 as of July 12 with 1,250 confirmed deaths according to statistics from the Mississippi State Department of Health. There are 106 long-term care facility outbreaks in the state with an outbreak being defined as one more cases among staff and residents at a facility. In Pearl River County, the total number of cases is 308 with 32 total deaths. Twelve of those deaths were at LTC facilities.

As of July 12, 15,019 cases of COVID-19 were reported in black Mississippians that resulted in 600 deaths. There are 8,623 cases reported in white Mississippians resulting in 484 deaths. The remaining deaths were attributed to other ethnicities, MSDH reports.

In Pearl River County there have been 70 cases in black residents with nine deaths and 149 cases in white residents with 21 deaths.

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Underlying conditions have been attributed to difficulties in COVID-19 cases. The most common underlying condition in COVID-19 deaths in Mississippi is hypertension. Of the patients who died of the virus who had hypertension, 311 were white Mississippians and 406 were black Mississippians. Other risk factors include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, renal disease and neurological conditions. As of July 12, in Mississippi there have been 258 cases of the virus in infants younger than 1 year of age, 695 cases in children aged 1-5, 749 cases in children aged 6-10 and 1,747 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; 19 deaths in the 30-39 age group; 56 deaths in the 40-49 age group; 114 deaths in the 50-59 age group; 270 deaths in the 60-69 age group; 336 deaths in the 70-79 age group; 277 deaths in the 80-89 age group and 171 deaths in the 90 and older age group.

Of the total cases reported in Mississippi, 41.6% were in males and 57.8% were in females.

About 12.1% of reported cases are confirmed to have required hospitalization, while for 18.3% of cases the rate of hospitalization is unknown.

MSDH reports that the high case Mississippi counties over a one-week period (July 6 -July 12) include Hinds, Desoto, Rankin, Madison, Harrison, Grenada, Simpson, Forrest, Sunflower, Lamar, Washington and Jackson counties. The counties are ranked by weekly number of cases.

MSDH reports that the high incidence Mississippi counties over a one-week period (July 6 –July 12) include Montgomery, Grenada, Simpson, Tallahatchie, Sunflower, Covington, Jefferson, Walthall, Leake, Lawrence, Holmes and Scott counties. The counties are ranked by incidence, which is the number of cases proportional to the county’s population.

MSDH estimates that as of July 12, 25,932 Mississippi COVID-19 patients have recovered.

As of July 12, 356,963 people have been tested for the virus in Mississippi by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory or other healthcare providers. There have been 13,664 antibody tests administered to Mississippians.