Mississippi reports lowest daily coronavirus new case numbers in month; Christmas delays likely at play
Published 2:41 pm Saturday, December 26, 2020
Mississippi reported its lowest number of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases in a single 24-hour Saturday. It was the lowest level of new daily cases reported in more than a month, however, the Christmas holiday on Friday likely has delayed some testing and reporting.
The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 845 new cases on Saturday. The latest numbers bring the total cases since the pandemic began in March to 205,023.
Mississippi reported three new deaths attributed to the virus on Saturday. A total of 4,565 Mississippians have died from the virus, the state reported.
The average number of deaths reported per day during December is currently averaging 29.2, for a total of 759 deaths reported so far during the month, making December second only to August when the state reported 813 deaths. Note: Some deaths reported on a given day or in a given month may have occurred earlier, but were delayed in reporting.
Approximately 51,753 new cases have been confirmed in December, the month with the highest number of new cases since the pandemic began in March. The high case load is an ominous sign for health care workers and hospital administrators already struggling with capacity problems.
Here’s a monthly new case breakdown:
|December (month to date)||51,753|
Of the total cases, the state believes approximately 154,669 have recovered and while many people who are infected with the virus may only have moderate or even no visible symptoms, others can get gravely ill and can die as a result.
Through Tuesday’s statistics, the state reported 1,312 confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized with another 65 suspected, but not confirmed by test yet COVID patients also hospitalized.
The state reported that across the state only 89 ICU beds were available, meaning that 90 percent of all ICU beds were filled. Of the ICU beds in use, approximately 42 percent were filled with confirmed COVID-19 patients.
If December’s pace of new cases and deaths continues evenly through the remainder of the month, the state may see as many as 60,000 cases or more, nearly double any prior month, and as many as 900 deaths.
The 7-day, daily average of new cases dropped to 1,845 with Saturday’s update.
The 14-day, daily average of new cases dropped to 1,934 on Saturday.
Cumulative Cases and Deaths by County
Totals of all reported COVID-19 cases for 2020, including those in long-term care (LTC) facilities.
The numbers in this table are provisional. County case numbers and deaths may change as investigation finds new or additional information. The data provided below is the most current available.
Long-term care cases and death totals will resume on Monday, December 28.
|County||Total Cases||Total Deaths|