Mississippi coronavirus climb takes holiday break as new cases hit two-week low
Published 12:15 pm Sunday, July 5, 2020
The rapid rise in reported new COVID-19 coronavirus cases took a pause Sunday, perhaps tied to delayed reporting over the Fourth of July holiday, as the state reported the lowest number of new cases since mid-June.
The Mississippi State Health Department reported an additional 226 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours bringing the total cases to 30,900. The state estimates more than 19,000 of those cases have fully recovered.
The state did not publicly release the latest number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 on Sunday, but on Saturday the number was at an all-time high.
In total 872 people were in Mississippi hospitals yesterday with COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19. The previous record high of 863 was set the day two days ago.
The state also reported Sunday 5 new deaths were attributed to the virus bringing the total death toll to 1,111.
Mississippi’s 7-day average of new cases dropped to 715 per day, after setting a record at 735 of Saturday.
The 7-day average remains more than double was it less than two weeks prior.
The 14-day average of daily new cases dropped Sunday to 638 cases per day, one day after a new record high was set on Saturday at 645.
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* Note: A death previously reported in Copiah County has been found not to be COVID-19 related. It has been removed from the total number of state deaths and the number of deaths in Copiah County.