Coahoma has no new coronavirus cases

By FLOYD INGRAM / THE PRESS REGISTER,

 

Coahoma County saw no new cases of COVID-19 reported Monday and it was the first time the local number has not increased since the first case was reported March 18.

The county currently has 38 confirmed cases of the disease and one fatality attributed to the disease on April 4.

The county is 27-days into the pandemic and it is apparent some of those 38 have gotten well.

And while Coahoma County numbers are positive for the first time in almost a month, federal and state officials are also hinting the peak of the disease at a national level may be approaching.

The Center for Disease Control said the typical case of COVID-19 can last up to two weeks, with those suffering severe cases being ill up to three or four weeks.

Both the City of Clarksdale and Coahoma County have issued a Shelter-in-Place order shutting down gatherings of more than 10 people, most restaurants and select businesses.

State numbers

Across the state, Mississippi's coronavirus count climbed to 2,942 cases as of Monday. The Mississippi State Health Department reported 161 new cases, down from a record of 209 new cases Friday.

There were only two new fatalities associated with the disease and 98 deaths have now been reported in the state.

Mississippi has a population of 2.987 million people and as of today .0985-percent of the population has the disease.

Mississippi initially reported 50 cases on March 11

MSDH is also releasing data on who is being affected most by coronavirus.

The state said 55-percent of the cases are African American, 36-percent are white and nine-percent are listed as other. The fatality ratio shows that 67-percent of those who have died were African American and 33-percent were white and those percentages have remained the same since numbers started being released.

MSDH numbers also show that 70-percent of those identified with coronavirus are not being hospitalized and 59 percent of those infected are female.

Data from the state also indicates the majority of those dying of COVID-19 had underlying conditions. Cardiovascular disease tops the list, followed by diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Less than 10 deaths have not had some type of underlying condition contribute to a fatality.

The number of tests conducted also rose dramatically as the state has started including the number of private healthcare providers tests conducted. As of today 20,370 people have been tested by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory for the disease. The state has told those who have symptoms, and have been tested, to retest in two weeks as the test indication can be incorrect up to 30 percent of the time.

Mississippi seems to be getting more tests than many states. Urban areas of the state -- and nation -- are getting more testing. The more rural area of the nation -- the Midwest and Mountain States -- are reporting fewer cases of coronavirus. The Northeast -- particularly New York City -- and the eastern seaboard are reporting most of the country's cases.

County by county

The Mississippi State Department of Health and the University of Mississippi Medical Center brought in a mobile coronavirus testing unit to Coahoma County on March 27 and tested approximately 25 people for the disease at the Coahoma County Expo Center. The results of those tests do not appear to have radically altered the local case count.

Cases reported as of today in the following Mississippi counties were: Adams (57), Alcorn (7), Amite (14), Attala (20) Benton (5), Bolivar (68), Calhoun (24), Carroll (8), Chickasaw (30), Choctaw (11), Claiborne (7), Clarke (15), Clay (20), Coahoma (38), Copiah (31), Covington (15), Desoto (178), Forrest (105), Franklin (10), George (8), Greene (2), Grenada (11), Hancock (40), Harrison (122), Hinds (259), Holmes (46), Humphreys (11), Itawamba (9), Jackson (147), Jasper (14), Jefferson (4), Jefferson Davis (5), Jones (37), Kemper (14),  Lafayette (30), Lamar (38), Lauderdale (150), Lawrence (6), Leake (29), Lee (46), Leflore (48), Lincoln (49), Lowndes (25), Madison (106), Marion (21), Marshall (34), Monroe (37), Montgomery (15), Neshoba (34),  Newton (10), Noxubee (6), Oktibbeha (37), Panola (23), Pearl River (88), Perry (19), Pike (59), Pontotoc (15), Prentiss (14), Quitman (12), Rankin (100), Scott (58), Sharkey (3), Simpson (7), Smith (28), Stone (11), Sunflower (38), Tallahatchie (4), Tate (24), Tippah (44), Tishomingo (2), Tunica (21), Union (7), Walthall (21), Warren (14), Washington (57), Wayne (9), Webster (14), Wilkinson (49), Winston (20), Yalobusha (14) and Yazoo (64).

County case numbers change as investigations find new information on a case's home county.

The state announced its first death due to coronavirus March 20. Fatalities attributed to the disease have been reported in Adams (1), Amite (1), Bolivar (3), Chickasaw (2), Choctaw (1), Clarke (1), Coahoma (1), Desoto (2), Forrest (2), Hancock (5), Harrison (5), Hinds (2), Holmes (3), Humphreys (1), Jackson (5), Jefferson Davis (1), Lafayette (1), Lamar (1),  Lauderdale (8), Lee (4), Leflore (4), Lincoln (4), Madison (2), Marshall (2), Monroe (2), Montgomery (1), Oktibbeha (1), Panola (2), Pearl River (8), Perry (1), Pike (1), Pontotoc (1), Rankin (2), Smith (1),Sunflower (1), Tippah (6), Tunica (1), Union (1), Washington (2), Webster (1) and Wilkinson (3) and Yazoo (1) counties as of today.

The virus appears to be affecting the state's higher population areas such as the Gulf Coast, Jackson metropolitan area, Desoto County and Lee County more intensely. Communities that have had people travel to or from larger U.S. cities also appear to have a higher incident of the disease.

No official reason has been given as to why Coahoma County initially had a higher per capita number of cases as opposed to other counties of similar size and that number appears to be changing.

Coahoma County had a population of 22,628 according to 2018 census estimates. As of today .168-percent of the county's population has been diagnosed with the disease.

City regulations

Clarksdale residents have been told by city and county officials to not gather in groups of more than 10 people. City officials are urging people to wash their hand religiously and follow strict personal hygiene practices to combat the disease.

The city has also imposed a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and ordered select businesses to close or at least alter the way they do business.

This is a rapidly changing situation that is continually being monitored by the Center for Disease Control and MSDH as more cases in the U.S. are expected. The risk of infection to the general public in Mississippi remains low, but all Mississippians are advised to take health precautions to prevent the possible transmission of disease.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Your Clarksdale Press Register will keep readers posted as we learn more information and as news changes. All stories about coronavirus are being offered free to the community and will not be put behind the Clarksdale Press Register paywall.

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