Highest 1-day total new COVID-19 cases yet in state

Published 5:10 pm Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Tuesday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported the highest one-day total of positive COVID-19 test results since the pandemic began — 3,488 new cases.

Thursday, the state reported the third-highest one-day count, topped only by Jan. 7 (3,203) and Jan. 9 (3,255).

Lincoln County’s positive cases have grown by 21 since the previous day, now totaling 4,321. The county’s death toll remains at 116.

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Thirty-six new deaths were identified as of 3 p.m. Monday, as well. Twenty-two occurred Aug. 2-8, including one each in Jefferson, Pike and Walthall counties. Fourteen occurred July 30-Aug. 4, identified from death certificate reports, including one in Lawrence County.

The state has now recorded 368,549 cases of the coronavirus and 7,685 deaths. As of Monday, 326,558 people are presumed recovered from the virus in Mississippi.

Over the two-week period of July 20-Aug. 2 — MSDH’s most recent published data — counties with the highest number of new cases were Hinds, Harrison, Jackson, Rankin and Forrest, ranging from 1,073 cases in Forrest County to 2,119 in Hinds.

The highest rate of growth in cases has occurred in Stone County, 15%; and Forrest and Jackson counties, where cases grew by 13%.

In ages 1 to 20, 79 cases of MIS-C have been reported — multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. MIS-C is a rare but serious complication associated with COVID-19 that can inflame multiple organs and cause various symptoms. Three related deaths have occurred — one in ages 1-5, one in ages 6-10 and three in ages 11-20.

In all COVID-19 related deaths, one has occurred in a child age 4 or younger; 23 in ages 5-24; and 475 in ages 25-49. The majority of coronavirus-related fatalities have occurred in ages 50 and older — 1,405 in ages 50-64, and 5,778 in ages 65-plus.