Coahoma reports seventh COVID-19 death

By FLOYD INGRAM / THE PRESS REGISTER,

 

Coahoma County reported its seventh death from COVID-19 Friday, but the MSDH clarified the death happened between May 11 and July 7 and was based on the death certificate report that listed the county of residence.

Coahoma County has now totaled 276 cases of corona virus since is posted its first reported case of coronavirus on March 18. The county reported its first death May 4.

As of this point, 1.21-percent of the county’s 22,628 residents have come down with the disease and 97.47 percent have gotten well. The disease has been fatal to 0.030-percent of the community.

Statewide there were 1,093 new cases of the disease reported on Friday as the Mississippi State Department of Health has ramped up testing procedures and most local healthcare providers offer the test for free and are reimbursed by the state.

The state has now reported 40,829 cases of the disease since the first case was reported in Mississippi on March 11. With a population of 2.987 million, only 1.37-percent of the state's residents have contracted the disease

Many of those reported sick have now gotten well. 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.

As of today 385,377 people have been tested by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory for the disease and only 10.59-percent have tested positive.

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.

Of the 40,829 cases that have been reported in the state since March 11, the Mississippi State Department of Health has reported 25,932 have gotten well. That means 63.51 percent of the people who have gotten sick have recovered at this time.

Dist. 3 Supervisor Derrell Washington told the Board of Supervisors last week he wanted to know accurate and up-to-date percentages and now how many people had gotten sick since March.

“We’ve been talking about educating people since March and I go to Wal-Mart and still see people without masks,” said Washington. “How are you going to get people to wear a mask unless you say, “Please wear and mask and you can go to jail if you don’t.”

Wal-Mart has since said it will implement a mask program for customers that goes just short of demanding customer wear masks.

A spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi has led to additional restrictions for 13 counties, Gov. Tate Reeves announced last week.

“Mississippi is in a fight for our lives. COVID-19 is an ever-present threat, and we are in the middle of a spike,” Reeves said. “It is putting a strain on our hospital system. Today, I am announcing a new order which places tighter restrictions on 13 counties that are seeing greater risk than others. Make no mistake. The risk is present everywhere. It is most visible in these counties.”

The affected counties are Claiborne, DeSoto, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Quitman, Rankin, Sunflower, Washington and Wayne.

The Numbers

The number of new cases being reported locally also indicates many – especially young people -- may have the disease and just don’t know it. And they can still spread to disease to parents and guardians.

Demographics from across the state and country also show the disease is more prevalent and under reported – for a variety of reasons – in minority communities.

As of Monday, 51.6-percent of the fatalities have been African American, 41.6-percent have been white and 6.8-percent have been others. The total cases by race have been 56.2-percent African American, 34.1-percent white and 9.7-percent other races.

Across the nation the Center for Disease Contraol reported 3,555,877 people or 1.083-percent of the nation’s 328.2 million people have contracted the disease and 137,864 or 3.88-percent of those infected have died.

County by County

The Mississippi State Department of Health and the University of Mississippi Medical Center have brought in mobile coronavirus testing unit to Coahoma County on three separate occasions and the Aaron E. Henry Center has also conducted testing, including its most recent in Bobo on Thursday.

The results of those tests are prompting the community’s infection rate to climb.

Cases reported as of today in the following Mississippi counties were: Adams (401), Alcorn (136), Amite (131), Attala (405) Benton (67), Bolivar (524), Calhoun (202), Carroll (200), Chickasaw (337), Choctaw (82), Claiborne (328), Clarke (250), Clay (285), Coahoma (276), Copiah (713), Covington (487), Desoto (2,220), Forrest (1,162), Franklin (67), George (154), Greene (139), Grenada (678), Hancock (180), Harrison (1,370), Hinds (3,418), Holmes (639), Humphreys (192), Issaquena (12), Itawamba (177), Jackson (900), Jasper (307), Jefferson (142), Jeff Davis (137), Jones (1,302), Kemper (190),  Lafayette (560), Lamar (702), Lauderdale (1024), Lawrence (225), Leake (675), Lee (728), Leflore (612), Lincoln (570), Lowndes (608), Madison (1,657), Marion (381), Marshall (334), Monroe (506), Montgomery (209), Neshoba (1,071),  Newton (408), Noxubee (297), Oktibbeha (662), Panola (551), Pearl River (346), Perry (111), Pike (562), Pontotoc (448), Prentiss (155), Quitman (116), Rankin (1,322), Scott (848), Sharkey (58), Simpson (495), Smith (273), Stone (94), Sunflower (614), Tallahatchie (260), Tate (447), Tippah (180), Tishomingo (142), Tunica (139), Union (307), Walthall (310), Warren (671), Washington (918), Wayne (606), Webster (142), Wilkinson (111), Winston (336), Yalobusha (231) and Yazoo (597).

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 (21), Alcorn (2), Amite (3), Attala (24), Bolivar (18), Calhoun (5), Carroll (11), Chickasaw (19), Choctaw (4), Claiborne (12), Clarke (25), Clay (12), Coahoma (7), Copiah (18), Covington (5), Desoto (20), Forrest (45), Franklin (2), George (3), Greene (10), Grenada (14), Hancock (14), Harrison (18), Hinds (66), Holmes (43), Humphreys (10), Issaquena (1), Itawamba (8), Jackson (20), Jasper (6), Jefferson (3), Jeff Davis (4), Jones (52), Kemper (14), Lafayette (4), Lamar (8),  Lauderdale (83), Lawrence (2), Leake (20), Lee (23), Leflore (56), Lincoln (36), Lowndes (17), Madison (43), Marion (12), Marshall (4), Monroe (42), Montgomery (3), Neshoba (81), Newton (11), Noxubee (10), Oktibbeha (28), Panola (6), Pearl River (32), Perry (4), Pike (25), Pontotoc (6), Prentiss (6), Quitman (1), Rankin (21), Scott (16), Simpson (4), Smith (12), Stone (2), Sunflower (11), Tallahatchie (4), Tate (16), Tippah (11), Tishomingo (1), Tunica (3), Union (11), Walthall (10), Warren (22), Washington (17), Wayne (20), Webster (11), Wilkinson (9), Winston (13), Yalobusha (9) and Yazoo (7) counties as of today.

The virus appears to be affecting the state's higher population areas such as the Gulf Coast, Jackson, Meridian metropolitan areas, 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.

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