The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,638 new cases of the coronavirus and 23 coronavirus-related deaths Friday.
According to the latest data, the total number of positive cases in Mississippi now stands at 134,429. So far, 3,215 people are confirmed to have died from the virus with another 427 probable.
The number of cases is one of the highest single-day totals since the pandemic began. The single-day record of 1,775 new cases in Mississippi was set on July 30. The single-day record for reported COVID-19 related deaths is 67, which was set on Aug. 25.
On Thursday, at least 1,962 deaths were reported in the U.S. and 187,396 daily cases, according to a New York Times database. Over the past week there has been an average of 166,267 cases per day, an increase of 73% from the average two weeks earlier.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs tweeted Wednesday that roughly 60% of the state’s residents are in at least one of the vulnerable COVID-19 groups, which include such health issues as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other systemic health issues.
Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday announced seven new counties where residents are required to wear masks as new COVID-19 infections continue to surge.
The new counties added to Reeves’ Safe Recovery order include Hinds, Madison, Pontotoc, Tate, Winston, Itawamba and Montgomery.
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Counties already under a mask mandate include Benton, Carroll, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest, Harrison, Humphreys, Jackson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Leflore, Lee, Marshall, Rankin and Yalobusha.
Last week Reeves extended his Safe Recovery order until at least Dec. 11.
Residents in the 22 counties are required to wear masks inside businesses, schools or other public indoor spaces where at least 6 feet of social distancing isn’t possible. Gatherings must be limited to no more than 50 outdoors and no more than 10 indoors when social distancing isn’t possible.
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A total of 116,683 people are presumed recovered from previous infections as of Monday. The figure is updated weekly. A person is considered recovered if there have been 14 days from when they tested positive and were hospitalized or 21 days if hospitalization was not involved.
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The current number of outbreaks at long-term care facilities stands at 170. There have been 7,342 cases reported in long-term care facilities with 1,397 deaths.
As of Wednesday, the latest information available, 824 people were hospitalized with confirmed infections, 222 in ICU and 103 on ventilators.
Residents between the ages of 25-39 represent the largest portion of the infected population, with 31,237 cases reported Friday. Among patients under the age of 18, children between the ages of 11-17 have the highest infection rate, with 10,124 cases identified so far. The 65 and older age group has the highest total number of deaths with 2,740 reported Friday.
DeSoto County has the highest number of reported cases in the state with 9,358 followed by Hinds County with 9,338, Harrison County with 6,666, Jackson County with 5,947 and Rankin County with 5,078. Lee and Madison counties rank sixth and seventh in the state for countywide infection rates with 4,672 cases and 4,498 cases, respectively.
Jackson metro area cases, deaths
Daily number of new deaths: 4
Daily number of new cases: 77
Total deaths: 193
Total cases: 9,338
Daily number of new deaths: 2
Daily number of new cases: 36
Total deaths: 101
Total cases: 4,498
Daily number of new deaths: 1
Daily number of new cases: 40
Total deaths: 85
Total cases: 5,078