COVID-19 in Mississippi: Record 52 deaths, 1,168 new cases reported Friday

Brian Broom
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

The Mississippi Department of Health reported 52 new coronavirus deaths and 1,168 new cases Friday, bringing the state total to 58,747 cases and 1,663 deaths.

Friday's 1,100-plus cases marks the fourth day this week of more than 1,000 cases, and the record number of deaths tops the previous high of 48 reported Thursday

Last week was a record-breaker for new cases. The state surpassed 50,000 total cases July 25. 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.

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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 Friday, there are 201 outbreaks.

According to MSDH, a record-high 989 Mississippians are hospitalized across the state with confirmed coronavirus infections up from 982 reported Thursday. As of Thursday, 3,570 Mississippians in long-term care have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 744 have died.

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, has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 5,091 followed by DeSoto County with 3,113 confirmed cases. Madison County ranks third with 2,250 confirmed cases.

Mississippians in the 60 to 69 age bracket make up the largest number of hospitalizations to date with 963. Those in the 70 to 79 age bracket make up the largest number of deaths with 440.

By far, those in the 18 to 29 age group have the highest number of confirmed cases in the state with 12,800. 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 5,889 confirmed cases, and 56 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.  

Starting Monday, another eight counties will be under the mask mandate: Carroll, Coahoma, Jones, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Noxubee and Pontotoc.  

Once the newest executive order goes into effect, 37 of the state's 82 counties will be under an executive order to wear masks during public gatherings and while shopping.

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Jackson metro area cases, deaths

Hinds County

Daily number of new deaths: 5

Daily number of new cases: 90

Total deaths: 102

Total cases: 5,091

Madison County

Daily number of new deaths: 0

Daily number of new cases: 39

Total deaths: 50

Total cases: 2,250

Rankin County

Daily number of new deaths: 1

Daily number of new cases: 43

Total deaths: 28

Total cases: 2,091

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.