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Tracking the coronavirus in Mississippi: 2326 new cases, 3 deaths reported Friday-Sunday

Tracking the coronavirus in Mississippi: 2326 new cases, 3 deaths reported Friday-Sunday

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The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 2,326 new cases of COVID-19 and three coronavirus-related deaths Friday-Sunday.

Since the virus hit the state in March 2020, a total of 329,130 cases and 7,468 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported. 

According to a New York Times database, at least 37 new coronavirus deaths and 9,527 new cases were reported in the U.S. on Sunday. Over the past week, there has been an average of 31,745 cases per day, an increase of 140% from the average two weeks earlier.

The health department on Monday reported 40 outbreaks at Mississippi nursing homes. There have been 10,557 cases of the coronavirus in long-term care facilities and 1,991 deaths reported as of Sunday, the latest figures available.

Residents between the ages of 25 and 39 represent the largest portion of the infected population in the state, with 72,667 cases reported Tuesday, the latest figure available. Among patients under 18, children between the ages of five and 17 have the highest infection rate, with 35,459 cases identified. The 65 and older age group has the highest total number of deaths with 5,671 reported.

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According to health department data, 1,130,751 people have begun the vaccination process in Mississippi, as of Friday morning. Since December, about 1,007,618 people are fully immunized against COVID-19.

Approximately 313,744 people are presumed recovered from the virus as of Tuesday, the latest figure available, according to the health department's website.

DeSoto County has the highest number of reported cases in the state with 22,732, followed closely by Hinds County with 22,322, Harrison County with 19,221, Rankin County with 14,598, and Jackson County with 14,077.

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Jackson metro area cases, deaths

Hinds County

Total deaths: 429

Total cases: 22,322

Madison County

Total deaths: 227

Total cases: 10,576

​​​​​Rankin County

Total deaths: 286

Total cases: 14,598

Contact Brian Broom at 601-961-7225 or bbroom@gannett.com.

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