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State COVID numbers hit new high of 2,746 one-day case count

COVID cases in Mississippi have hit a new one-day case record.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 2,746 new cases Wednesday, the highest one-day report of cases since the onset of the pandemic in March.

Twenty-four new deaths have been reported statewide.

The Magnolia State has now recorded 170,672 cases (129,509 confirmed, 40,836 probable) and 4,042 deaths (3,452 confirmed, 589 probable). The death total pushed past the 4,000 mark Tuesday.

Deaths in Lincoln County have pushed past 70 as MSDH reported two new COVID-related fatalities for the county Wednesday morning for a total of 71.

There have been 2,132 reported cases of coronavirus in the county to date.

The latest MSDH data, released Monday, shows the largest number of cases have occurred in residents ages 25-39 (37,334), followed closely by ages 50-64 (34,301) then ages 65-plus (27,544). The greatest number of fatalities has occurred in the 65-plus age group (3,037) with the closest follower being 723 deaths in the 50-64 age range.

The least number of deaths per age group has been one each in ages 0-4 and 5-17. Of the total 20,600 pediatric cases as of Dec. 7, just over 1,200 occurred in children less than one year old. More than 10 times that number were in the age 11-17 group, however.

For Mississippians ages 65 and older, cases occurred mainly in the 70-79 group, with 11,433 of the total 27,544 geriatric cases. Though 3,037 individuals have died as a result of the virus, approximately 89% have survived or fully recovered.

Of the 7,800 hospitalized cases through Dec. 6, more than 51% have been age 65 or older, and 27% have been age 50-64.