Today MSDH is reporting an additional 1,775 cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and 48 deaths (23 of which occurred between July 10 and July 27, identified from death certificates). Mississippi’s total of COVID-19 cases for the year now stands at 57,579, with 1,611 deaths.
Today’s daily numbers in cases and deaths are record highs for Mississippi. Along with it, the state currently has the highest test-positivity rate in the country.
Today’s cases included 55 among residents in long-term care facilities, and 13 resident deaths. Active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities have risen to 203 (where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff).
More older Mississippians in long-term care facilities are being put at risk and dying from COVID-19. We can control the spread, lower cases and reduce deaths dramatically if we limit time away from home, keep extra distance between yourself and others, and use a face covering to protect those around us. Remember, most people who are infected with COVID-19 don’t know it, and can spread it to many others before they feel ill.
Look for the latest data on COVID-19 hospitalizations later today.
More data on COVID-19 in the state, along with the latest protective steps to take, are online at http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19
The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is the best way to get your questions about COVID-19 answered. Call 877-978-6453 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.