Tracking COVID-19 in Mississippi: 5,533 cases, 25 deaths reported Friday

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The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 5,533 new COVID-19 cases Friday.

The omicron variant’s high transmission rate, the state’s low vaccination rate and holiday gatherings served as a breeding ground for the rapidly spreading omicron variant, state health officials said. The single-day count record was set Jan. 13 with 9,300 new COVID-19 cases.

On Friday, the state reported 25 new coronavirus-related deaths, all of which occurred between Jan. 14 and Thursday.

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Since the virus hit the state in March 2020, a total of 717,666 COVID-19 cases and 10,831 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported.

Outbreaks in Mississippi’s long-term care facilities continue to proliferate since the omicron variant edged into the state. On Friday, the health department reported 300 outbreaks. Since March 2020, there have been 12,093 cases of the coronavirus in long-term care facilities and 2,125 deaths.

According to a New York Times database, at least 526,893 cases and 3,082 deaths were reported in the United States on Thursday. During the past week, there has been an average of 589,225 cases per day, a decrease of 27% from the average two weeks earlier.

Residents between the ages of 25 and 39 represent the largest portion of the infected population in Mississippi with 164,685 cases.

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Among people under 18, children between ages 11 and 17 have the highest infection rate, with 67,837 cases identified. The 65 and older age group has the highest total number of deaths with 7,470 reported.

According to health department vaccination data, at least 1.7 million people have started the vaccination process in Mississippi as of Friday. Since December 2020, about 1.48 million people have been fully immunized against COVID-19. At least 520,000 have received a third dose or booster shot of either Pfizer or Moderna.

At least 572,098, people are presumed recovered from the virus, according to the health department's website.

A week of COVID: Mississippi reports 40,054 COVID-19 cases, 79 deaths

Jackson metro area cases, deaths since March of 2020

Hinds County has the highest number of reported cases in Mississippi with 49,094. Harrison County is second with 46,620 cases. DeSoto County has reported 45,754 cases. Jackson County has reported 33,817 cases and Rankin County has had 32,794 total cases.

Hinds County

Daily number of new deaths: 0

Daily number of new cases: 254

Total deaths: 690

Total cases: 49,094

Madison County

Daily number of new deaths: 0

Daily number of new cases: 100

Total deaths: 290

Total cases: 21,842

​​​​​Rankin County

Daily number of new deaths: 0

Daily number of new cases: 264

Total deaths: 423

Total cases: 32,794

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Coronavirus cases in Mississippi: How many new COVID-19 deaths in MS?

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