More positive COVID-19 cases found in county

The Mississippi State Department of Health Wednesday announced that it was reporting 2,205 new positive cases of coronavirus in the state through 6 p.m. Monday, 48 new death reports, and 236 new long-term care facility outbreaks. 

DeSoto County reported one additional death related to coronavirus for a total of 115 deaths during the pandemic. 

The additional death report in DeSoto County came from the time period of Nov. 25-Dec. 10.

The county had 128 new case reports in Tuesday’s update for a total of 12,217 cases since March. The 128 case increase is above the 113 new cases reported on Monday.  

DeSoto County continues a rising trend in COVID-19 cases and Mississippi now has reported a total of 183,300 positive cases of coronavirus and 4,252 deaths. 

The positivity rate for coronavirus in DeSoto County has increased for 18.7 percent for the week ending Dec. 5, a big jump from the 16.6 percent rate the previous week through Nov. 28.  

MSDH lists 148,466 people who are presumed recovered from coronavirus through Dec. 13.  

People continue to be concerned about available beds in Mississippi and local hospitals as the pandemic continues. Tuesday’s report shows 110 available ICU beds in Mississippi hospitals and 1,814 available beds in hospital wards.    

Among DeSoto County hospitals, Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto showed no beds available. However, a hospital spokeswoman reminds that the facility is never closed for admissions. The hospital is almost always open to receive patients by ambulance, walk-in or private vehicle. 

Methodist-Olive Branch reported six beds available and one ICU bed available in its report on Tuesday.  

Information from the Mississippi State Department of Health is found on its website.

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