DeSoto County on Sunday reported 47 additional positive cases of coronavirus and one additional COVID-19-related death.
Total cases of coronavirus in DeSoto County now total 18,370 and there have been 201 deaths from the virus.
Mississippi on Sunday surpassed the 275,000 mark for cases at 275,001 and the state has seen 6,045 victims of coronavirus. Sunday’s figures were added by 811 cases and 27 deaths from coronavirus in the state. Only three deaths occured in the previous 24 hours and 24 deaths took place between Dec. 12 and Jan. 25, as confirmed by death certificate reports.
January became the month with the most deaths related to COVID-19 in Mississippi with 1,230 fatalities for the month, according to the state health department. The previous high was December’s total of 983.
The test positivity rate for coronavirus in DeSoto County has been falling, now at 16.3 percent, as of Jan. 23, for the two-week period from Jan. 7-20. It had been as high as 23 percent for test positives in the two-week period between Dec. 24-Jan. 6.
The 16.3 percent positivity for DeSoto County keeps the county in the “red zone,” however, and DeSoto remains one of the Mississippi counties in a mask mandate.
Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven reported 50 COVID-19 patients at its facility on Sunday and nine patients in intensive care. There were nine beds available and none in the ICU unit.
Methodist-Olive Branch Hospital said it had 14 coronavirus patients at its facility and eight COVID-19 patients in its ICU unit on Sunday morning. There were two beds available and none at the intensive care unit, according to its report to the state health department.
In all state hospitals on Sunday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 912 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 241 patients in intensive care.
Gov. Tate Reeves on Sunday said second dose appointments for both the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines were available in a number of counties, including DeSoto County.
To make the appointment, go to www.covidvaccine.umc.edu or call 877-978-6453.
Those eligible and seeking first dose vaccines should go to the same website or call the same number to schedule appointments, however appointments go quickly and you’re encouraged keep trying if not successful at first.