Coronavirus in Mississippi: 779 cases, 19 deaths reported Sunday

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 779 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday and 19 deaths.

That comes after the department reported 1,972 new cases Saturday, the highest one-day total for the state since records of the pandemic began. The previous 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.

According to the latest data, the total number of positive cases in Mississippi now stands at 143,180. So far, 3,233 people are confirmed to have died from the virus with another 433 probable.

The surge in state numbers coincides with a rise in cases across the nation. 

On Sunday, at least 1,428 new coronavirus deaths and 171,980 new cases were reported in the U.S., according to a New York Times database.

Over the past week, there has been an average of 170,539 cases per day, an increase of 59% from the average two weeks earlier.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said this week 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.

Residents in several counties, under Gov. Tate Reeves’ Safe Recovery order, are required to wear masks until at least Dec. 11.

The counties are Hinds, Madison, Pontotoc, Tate, Winston, Itawamba, Montgomery, Benton, Carroll, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest, Harrison, Humphreys, Jackson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Leflore, Lee, Marshall, Rankin and Yalobusha.

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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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Meanwhile, cases at nursing homes in the state continue to surge. The current number of outbreaks at long-term care facilities stands at 172. There have been 7,384 cases reported in long-term care facilities with 1,400 deaths. 

Hospitalizations are also on the rise. As of Friday, the latest information available, 897 people were hospitalized with confirmed infections.

DeSoto County has the highest number of reported cases in the state with 9,527  followed closely by Hinds County with 9,520, Harrison County with 6,801, Jackson County with 6,043 and Rankin County with 5,219. Lee and Madison counties rank sixth and seventh in the state for countywide infection rates with 4,770 cases and 4,595 cases, respectively.

Jackson metro area cases, deaths

Hinds County

Daily number of new deaths: 0

Daily number of new cases: 60

Total deaths: 193

Total cases: 9,520

Madison County

Daily number of new deaths: 0

Daily number of new cases: 22

Total deaths: 102

Total cases: 4,595

Rankin County

Daily number of new deaths: 0

Daily number of new cases: 32

Total deaths: 96 

Total cases: 5,219

This report may be updated.