Mississippi Update for April 6th 2020: 51 deaths and 38 nursing home outbreaks

The Missisisppi Department of Health update for April 6th, 2020.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health continue to closely monitor the outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by the novel (new) coronavirus COVID-19, and are working to limit the spread of cases nationally and in Mississippi. MSDH is actively working with doctors and hospitals to quickly identify cases and respond effectively to limit this outbreak.

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.

The number of LTC facilities with outbreaks are shown for each county in the table below.

CountyCasesDeathsLTCs with Outbreaks
Adams191
Alcorn6
Amite611
Attala15
Benton5
Bolivar5122
Calhoun91
Carroll6
Chickasaw1521
Choctaw81
Claiborne1
Clarke8
Clay9
Coahoma291
Copiah16
Covington6
Desoto1361
Forrest4611
Franklin5
George5
Greene1
Grenada7
Hancock3012
Harrison7931
Hinds1582
Holmes232
Humphreys41
Itawamba4
Jackson9851
Jasper3
Jefferson3
Jones13
Kemper6
Lafayette221
Lamar15
Lauderdale7023
Lawrence5
Leake11
Lee302
Leflore2341
Lincoln181
Lowndes15
Madison7422
Marion81
Marshall2311
Monroe1612
Montgomery111
Neshoba11
Newton71
Noxubee5
Oktibbeha272
Panola171
Pearl River5222
Perry141
Pike281
Pontotoc121
Prentiss101
Quitman7
Rankin741
Scott231
Sharkey3
Simpson6
Smith111
Stone1
Sunflower191
Tallahatchie3
Tate16
Tippah363
Tishomingo1
Tunica1811
Union61
Walthall12
Warren51
Washington381
Wayne5
Webster121
Wilkinson3031
Winston15
Yalobusha11
Yazoo321
Total1,7385138

COVID-19 testing providers around the state include commercial laboratories and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Combined with testing done by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, the figures provide a complete picture of all Mississippi testing. We will update these figures as data becomes available.

Combined testing totals (MSDH, UMMC and commercial testing providers) as of April 5, 2020.

Total individuals tested by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory6,309
Total individuals tested by other providers14,061
Total individuals tested for COVID-19 statewide

The MSDH Public Health Laboratory, its partners, and private providers are testing statewide for COVID-19.

Anyone with symptoms of fever, severe cough or severe chest pains – especially those who are older or in poor health – should make arrangements for testing with their doctor or one of the many healthcare providers now performing testing.

Healthcare providers can assess your health history and symptoms, and perform testing for COVID-19 as needed. MSDH is also helping conduct free drive-up testing sites in many parts of the state. Always call ahead to the testing provider for instructions on safely being examined before you visit for your test.

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