Mississippi’s coronavirus cases, deaths steadily rising; number of hospitalized patients reaches new high
Published 11:14 am Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Mississippi’s COVID-19 coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb at a steady pace, the Mississippi State Health Department reported Wednesday and the number of patients hospitalized with the virus inched up to a new all-time high.
State health officials reported 227 new cases. It was the 21st day in a row the number of new cases rose by more than 100.
The state reported 11 more people died in the state over the last 24 hours due to the virus, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 250.
On Tuesday, Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said he was concerned by the growing number of hospitalized coronavirus cases. That number grew by one patient since the prior day marking another new high.
Wednesday’s update showed 430 people were hospitalized with coronavirus. Another 247 patients suspected of having coronavirus, but not yet confirmed by testing, were also hospitalized, the state reported.
“Now is not the time to let down our guard,” Dobbs said Tuesday. “Please, every person exercise as much caution as you can when you are out in public. Don’t go out if you don’t have to. Really, people, we just need to be careful.”
The number of patients reported as being in ICU and being on a ventilator each declined, likely connected to the reported deaths. As of Wednesday’s update, the state reported 151 patients where in ICU beds and 69 were on ventilators.
The state also tracks the number cases found in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes that are considered high risk due to their residents being in close confines, often being older and often having underlying health issues.
For the sake of reporting, the state considers even a single case of coronavirus among staff or residents of these facilities as an “outbreak” and are tracked by county below.
Here are the county by county numbers:
|County||Total Cases||Total Deaths||Total Cases in LTC Facilities|
Table above now lists the number of cases in long-term care facilities, and not the number of facilities with outbreaks.
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