The Mississippi Department of Health reported 675 coronavirus cases and eight new deaths on Wednesday.
This brings the state to a total of 115,763 coronavirus cases and 3,263 deaths.
The state has seen a spike in cases since Gov. The Reeves lifted the statewide mask mandate two weeks ago. Mississippi's state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, visited DeSoto County on Oct. 8 and expressed concern that the state would return to peak levels of virus transmission. He also raised alarm over a decline in Mississippians following public health guidelines seen since the mask mandate was lifted.
DeSoto County has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, with 7,134 confirmed. DeSoto only trails behind Hinds County, the state's most populous, which has 7,987 cases. Harrison County on the Mississippi Gulf Coast now ranks third with 5,272 cases. Jackson County ranks fourth with 4,622 confirmed cases.
As of Oct. 23, there are 76 confirmed COVID-19 patient at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven and 17 at Methodist Healthcare hospital in Olive Branch.
According to MSDH data, there is one open ICU bed at Baptist Memorial Hospital and two at Methodist Healthcare.
“Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare remains in a stable state across our entire system. We closely monitor capacity at each of our hospitals,” A Methodist Le Bonheur spokesperson said in a statement. “The data shown on the state website is a single snapshot in time. It’s important to note that the number of total operational beds consistently fluctuates based on staffing and availability. As a large healthcare system, we have the ability to transfer patients from one hospital to another, if needed.”
As of Oct. 20, there are four active outbreaks among DeSoto County long-term care facilities, with 80 total cases between them. The state department of health defines an outbreak at a long-term care facility as one or more cases among residents or two or more cases among staff within 14 days.
Across the state, there are a total of 133 outbreaks at long-term care facilities. 6,705 Mississippians in LTC facilities have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,304 have died.
The DeSoto Times-Tribune offers daily COVID-19 updates as new data from the state becomes available. Check back tomorrow for updated information.