COVID-19 in Mississippi: 1,074 new cases, 42 new deaths reported Tuesday
The Mississippi Department of Health reported 42 new coronavirus deaths and 1,074 new cases Tuesday, bringing the state total to 62,199 cases and 1,753 deaths.
Tuesday's 1,000-plus cases marks the first time this week of more than 1,000 cases. On Saturday, the department reported 1,134 confirmed cases.
Mississippi reported its highest single-day number of deaths on Friday at 52.
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Outbreaks at long-term care facilities, which care for the state's most vulnerable, have seen a steady increase.
There were a total 172 outbreaks at long-term care facilities reported on Tuesday.
Hinds County, with the largest population in the state, has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 5,329 followed by DeSoto County with 3,387 confirmed cases. Madison County ranks third with 2,324 confirmed cases.
Mississippians in the 60 to 69 age bracket continue to rise and make up the largest number of hospitalizations to date with 996. Those in the 70 to 79 age bracket make up the largest number of deaths with 461.
As of Tuesday 3,709 Mississippians in long-term care have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 782 have died.
The highest concentration of cases has been in the Jackson metro area and in North Mississippi, near Memphis.
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By far, those in the 18 to 29 age group have the highest number of confirmed cases in the state with 13,326. 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 to 29 demographic. 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 6,216 confirmed cases, and 59 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 37 counties are currently under a mask mandate from the state: Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll Claiborne, Coahoma, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Jones, Lamar, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Noxubee, Panola, Pontotoc, Quitman, Rankin, Sharkey, Simpson, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Walthall, Washington, Wayne, Winston and Yalobusha counties.
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Jackson metro area cases, deaths
Daily number of new deaths: 4
Daily number of new cases: 60
Total deaths: 110
Total cases: 5,329
Daily number of new deaths: 4
Daily number of new cases: 27
Total deaths: 60
Total cases: 2,324
Daily number of new deaths: 2
Daily number of new cases: 22
Total deaths: 30
Total cases: 2,168
An estimated 42,391 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.
This story may update.