By WLOX Staff | May 26, 2020 at 11:54 AM CDT – Updated May 26 at 4:50 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) – There were 273 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 new deaths reported Tuesday throughout the entire state.

Pearl River County had one new death as of 6 p.m. Monday and two deaths that were reported between May 13 and May 18.

County# of Confirmed Cases# of Deaths# of Cases in LTC Facilities# of Deaths in LTC facilities
George20100
Hancock881193
Harrison237631
Jackson29613404
Pearl River205304510
Stone30000

In all, Mississippi has reported a total of 13,731 confirmed COVID-19 infections and 652 deaths as a result of the virus.

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Date of Illness Onset through May 25, 2020

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Date of Illness Onset through May 25, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

State health officials estimate 9,401 Mississippians have now recovered from COVID-19. That total does not include cases still under investigation. MSDH updates the number of recoveries weekly.

COVID-19 Presumed Recovered Cases through May 24, 2020, Mississippi

COVID-19 Presumed Recovered Cases through May 24, 2020, Mississippi (Source: MSDH)

In order to determine the presumed number of people who have recovered from the virus, state health officials say the patient must meet one of two criteria. For patients who were NOT hospitalized, they are considered recovered if they have not tested positive for the virus after 14 days. For patients who were hospitalized or if hospitalization was unknown, they are presumed recovered if it has been 21 days or more since they tested positive.

The majority of people who get COVID-19 will not require hospitalization, say health officials. As of May 25, 2020, 16.4% of people diagnosed with the virus had to be hospitalized. As of May 25, the number of people hospitalized with confirmed infections dropped to 388. Of those, 81 patients are on ventilators and 134 are in ICU.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by MS Hospitals between May 5, 2020, and May 25, 2020.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reported by MS Hospitals between May 5, 2020, and May 25, 2020. (Source: MSDH)

Weekly High Case and High Incidence Counties

The state is now ranking counties by weekly cases, and by incidence (cases proportional to population). All tables are updated weekly.

COVID-19 High Case MS Counties from May 18-May 24, 2020

COVID-19 High Case MS Counties from May 18-May 24, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

COVID-19 High Case MS Counties from May 18-May 24, 2020

COVID-19 High Case MS Counties from May 18-May 24, 2020 (Source: WLOX)

Underlying Conditions, Race, and Age

Underlying conditions are also reported in many of the deaths that have resulted from coronavirus complications. Most deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in patients with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

COVID-19 Underlying Conditions in Deaths by Race/Ethnicity through May 25, 2020

COVID-19 Underlying Conditions in Deaths by Race/Ethnicity through May 25, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group through May 25, 2020

COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group through May 25, 2020 (Source: MSDH)

Long-term Care Facilities

A total of 1,727 patients diagnosed with the virus are currently in long-term care facilities throughout the state. In all, 332 people diagnosed while in long-term care facilities have died.

MSDH says: “Long-term care (LTC) facilities like nursing homes are considered high risk locations because their residents are older or in poor health. Even one case of COVID-19 in these facilities among residents or employees is considered an outbreak. We investigate residents, staff and close contacts of infected individuals for possible exposure.”

As of May 25, a total of 154,624 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 147,819 PCR tests and 6,805 antibody tests.

PCR testing detects current, active COVID-19 infection in an individual. Antibody (serology) testing identifies individuals with past COVID-19 infection based on antibodies they develop one to three weeks after infection.

In all, MSDH labs have conducted 22,975 PCR tests as of May 24, 2020. Of those, 2,437 have shown positive results.

Drive-through clinics for testing are popping up across the state. However, health officials are asking that you call ahead to make sure you meet the qualifications for testing.

Anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, who feels they should be tested must first go through a free screening from a UMMC clinician through the C Spire Health UMMC Virtual COVID-19 Triage telehealth smartphone app.

You can also complete a pre-screening by calling one of the following hotlines:

  • Memorial Hospital Coronavirus Hotline: 228-867-5000
  • Singing River Health System Coronavirus Hotline: 228-809-5044
  • MS Dept. of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 877-978-6453.

Here is a county-by-county map showing how many positive test results there are as it relates to the population of each county.

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