The Mississippi Department of Health reported 30 new coronavirus deaths and 1,134 new cases Saturday, bringing the state total to 59,881 cases and 1,693 deaths.
Saturday’s 1,100-plus cases marks the fifth day this week of more than 1,000 cases and follows Friday’s single-day record of 52 deaths reported.
Last week was also 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 Saturday, 3,607 Mississippians in long-term care have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 759 have died.That’s 15 more deaths in those facilities than reported on Friday. There were a total 202 outbreaks at these facilities reported on Saturday.
The highest concentration of cases has been in the Jackson metro area and in North Mississippi, near Memphis.
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Hinds County, with the largest population in the state, has the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 5,176 followed by DeSoto County with 3,215 confirmed cases. Madison County ranks third with 2,272 confirmed cases.
Mississippians in the 60 to 69 age bracket make up the largest number of hospitalizations to date with 971. Those in the 70 to 79 age bracket make up the largest number of deaths with 447.
By far, those in the 18 to 29 age group have the highest number of confirmed cases in the state with 13,026, an increase of 226 positive cases since Friday. 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 that 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 6,029 confirmed cases, and 57 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
Daily number of new deaths: 4
Daily number of new cases: 85
Total deaths: 106
Total cases: 5,176
Daily number of new deaths: 3
Daily number of new cases: 22
Total deaths: 53
Total cases: 2,272
Daily number of new deaths: 0
Daily number of new cases: 20
Total deaths: 28
Total cases: 2,111
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.