Adams County reports most active COVID-19 cases yet as state numbers rise
Published 2:04 pm Thursday, July 9, 2020
NATCHEZ — Adams County had 81 active COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, which local officials say is the highest rate ever in the county.
With Thursday’s Mississippi State Department of Health COVID-19 report, Adams County’s numbers increased by eight cases to 340 confirmed COVID-19 cases since Wednesday’s reported number of 332 in the county. Adams County’s death toll is now 19 and local officials are reporting larger numbers of positive cases in the county in recent days.
Of Adams County’s cases, 44 were residents of long-term care facilities and 11 residents of long-term care facilities died with the disease.
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On Thursday, Adams County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert Bradford Sr. said Adams County had 81 active cases, which is up from 70 active cases in Adams County on Wednesday.
“We’ve never been this high before,” said Bradford of the active cases that usually hover around 15 to 20 active cases. “Continue to wear your mask and social distance.”
Statewide, MSDH reported 703 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 virus-related deaths in Mississippi on Thursday.
MSDH reports three of the latest recorded deaths occurred between June 28 and July 8, including one from Adams County, and were only recently confirmed to have been COVID-19 related with death certificate reports.
Mississippi’s total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 33,591 with 2,882 deaths.
MSDH officials said new cases are counted per individual who tests positive for COVID-19. If a person is retested after an initial positive test and receives another positive test, that does not count as an additional positive.
In addition if someone tests positive and and recovers and tests positive again, that would only count as one test/case.
“Re-tests are not counted,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. “An individual would only count once, even if they had tested positive before and recovered, then became ill again. It would count as one case.”
Also, inmates in the Adams County Correctional Facility located off of U.S. 84 in Natchez would count toward Adams County’s infection rate, Byers said.
Currently ICE is reporting no active cases at the Adams County facility, but a total of 35 cases have been reported in the facility with no deaths.
Statewide, MSDH reports 110 long-term care facilities such as nursing homes in the state now have active outbreaks and 49 new COVID-19 cases where an outbreak is defined as one or more cases among residents or staff.
Mississippi Hospitals had 686 COVID-19 patients on Thursday.
More details of COVID-19 in the state, along with preventive steps to take against coronavirus and statewide testing locations, 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 11 p.m. seven days a week.
Cases and Deaths by County
Totals of all reported cases since March 11, including those in long-term care (LTC) facilities.
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