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719 new COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

There were 108 new cases and 4 new deaths reported Wednesday in the six lower counties.
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 12:09 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 719 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths in the state Wednesday. The number of new cases is the total reported between 3pm Monday and 3pm Tuesday.

No new deaths were reported in the six lower counties of the state on Friday. It’s the first time since July 23 that the South Mississippi counties have not reported any new deaths.

Of the new cases, 108 were reported in the six lower counties of the state during that period. New cases were reported in Harrison County (43), Jackson County (30), Pearl River County (14), Hancock County (4), George County (10), and Stone County (7).

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of LTC Cases# of LTC Deaths
George489979699
Hancock76851267215
Harrison34,02253053177
Jackson24,28937728441
Pearl River941023721042
Stone3578648714

Statewide, 26 deaths were reported on Tuesday. Of those, 16 occurred between Oct. 2-11, including in Harrison County (1) and Jackson County (2). An additional 10 deaths that occurred between Sept. 3 and Oct. 5, were identified through death certificate reports, including one death in Jackson County.

As of Oct. 12 at 3pm, there have been a total of 496,851 cases and 9,900 deaths reported.

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As of Oct. 12, there were 331 people hospitalized in Mississippi with confirmed infections. Of those, 119 were in the ICU and 62 were on a ventilator. The majority of those hospitalized are not vaccinated, according to MSDH.

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Cases among adults ages 25-39 are highest, warns MSDH. However, the majority of people who have died from COVID-19 are over the age of 65.

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COVID-19 vaccinations for Mississippians are available at no cost from MSDH sites around the state, and from local pharmacies and healthcare providers. In all, the Mississippi Department of Health reports that 35 percent of the state’s residents have been vaccinated as of July 28. To see the most recent vaccination report from MSDH, click here.

Click here for more information on vaccinations, including where appointments can be made.

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Anyone wanting to be tested for COVID-19 can complete a pre-screening by calling one of the following hotlines:

  • Memorial Hospital Coronavirus Hotline: 228-867-5000
  • Singing River Health System Coronavirus Hotline: 228-809-5044
  • MS Dept. of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 877-978-6453.

In order to determine the presumed number of people who have recovered from the virus, state health officials say the patient must meet one of two criteria. For patients who were NOT hospitalized, they are considered recovered if they have not tested positive for the virus after 14 days. For patients who were hospitalized or if hospitalization was unknown, they are presumed recovered if it has been 21 days or more since they tested positive.

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