COVID-19 in Mississippi: Record number of new cases, deaths reported Thursday

The Mississippi Department of Health reported 48 new coronavirus deaths and 1,775 new cases Thursday, bringing the state total to 57,579 cases and 1,611 deaths.

Thursday’s 1,700-plus cases marks the third day this week of more than 1,000 cases and a new record-high of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Last week was a record-breaker for new cases. The state surpassed 50,000 total cases Saturday. The department reported more than 1,000 confirmed cases on all but one day of the week. July 23 was the only day below 1,000, with a reported 982 cases.

On July 21, the department then reported a new record-high 1,635 coronavirus cases.

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Outbreaks at long-term care facilities, which care for the state’s most vulnerable, have seen a steady increase. As of Thursday, there are 197 outbreaks.

According to MSDH, a record-high 982 Mississippians are hospitalized across the state with confirmed coronavirus infections up from 969 Tuesday, the most recent figure available.  As of Thursday, 3,537 Mississippians in long-term care have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 721 have died in those facilities.

The highest concentration of cases has been in the Jackson metro area and in North Mississippi, near Memphis.

Hinds County, with the largest population in the state, surpassed 5,000 cases and has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 5,001 followed by DeSoto County with 3,062 confirmed cases. Madison County ranks third with 2,211 confirmed cases.

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Mississippians in the 60 to 69 age bracket make up the largest number of hospitalizations to date with 946. Those in the 70 to 79 age bracket make up the largest number of deaths with 425.

By far, those in the 18 to 29 age group have the highest number of confirmed cases in the state with 12,547. Eleven people in that age bracket have died of the virus.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said positive cases of the virus have surged in recent weeks in the 18-29 demographic, up to five times what has been previously recorded. Most will recover from the virus, but run the risk of exposing those in older age groups and those who are most vulnerable.

The number of cases in children in Mississippi under the age of 18 continues to rise, with 5,758 confirmed cases, and 55 children have been hospitalized due to the virus. The under 18 age bracket is the only group that has not had a coronavirus death. 

Mississippi does not have a statewide mask mandate, but 29 counties are currently under a mask mandate from the state: Bolivar, Calhoun, Claiborne, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Madison, Montgomery, Panola, Quitman, Rankin, Sharkey, Simpson, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Walthall, Washington, Wayne, Winston and Yalobusha counties.    

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Jackson metro area cases, deaths

Hinds County

Daily number of new deaths: 3

Daily number of new cases: 163

Total deaths: 97

Total cases: 5,001

Madison County

Daily number of new deaths: 0

Daily number of new cases: 44

Total deaths: 50

Total cases: 2,211

Rankin County

Daily number of new deaths: 0

Daily number of new cases: 60

Total deaths: 27

Total cases: 2,048

An estimated 35,071 people are presumed recovered from COVID-19, the Health Department said. A person is presumed recovered if it’s been 14 days since he or she tested positive and was not hospitalized or 21 days if hospitalization was involved. The estimated number of recoveries is updated weekly.    

Contact Wilton Jackson at @wcjackson@gannett.com. Follow him on Facebook and @wiltonreports on Twitter.