COVID-19 numbers drop for Labor Day

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Monday announced just one new death report in the previous 24 hours from coronavirus, one of the lowest daily death totals from the pandemic since it started in March. 

In its daily update, MSDH said the lone death connected to the virus came from Quitman County.  

DeSoto County has recorded 4,931 cases of the virus and 50 deaths connected to coronavirus.  

MSDH reported 242 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours ending at 6 p.m. Sunday, bringing to 87,130 the number of positive reports in the Magnolia State. 

Of that number, 82,457 are confirmed and 4,673 were considered probable. 

The statewide total for coronavirus deaths in the state is now at 2,585, with 2,417 confirmed connected to coronavirus and 168 probable.  

There has been a downward trend in the number of confirmed hospitalizations in Mississippi with confirmed infections, from 918 on Aug. 15 to 608 on Sept. 4.  

There has also been a downward movement in patients in an intensive care unit during the same period, from 287 on Aug. 15 down to 178 on Sept. 3.  

Patients on ventilators, according to MSDH, dropped from 169 to 111 during the past two weeks.  

The age group with the most positive coronavirus case reports remains the 18-29 year old group, now at 19,247. 

The age group with the most number of victims connected to coronavirus is the age 70-79 group at 687.  Only one pediatric victim has been reported, that of a child in the age 1-5 grouping.  

Patients who have recovered from the virus, according to MSDH, now numbers 67,918.

Sunday, Gov. Tate Reeves posted on social media a chart he said showed Mississippi as the state with the lowest rate of coronavirus reproduction in the United States. “It is because of your hard work and dedication,” Reeves said in the post. “Thank you for what you are doing.”

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