The Mississippi Department of Health reported 701 new coronavirus cases and 24 deaths on Tuesday.
This brings the state to a total of 91,935 coronavirus cases and 2,780 deaths.
DeSoto County has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, with 5,321 confirmed. DeSoto only trails behind Hinds County, the state's most populous, which has 6,903 cases. Harrison County on the Mississippi Gulf Coast now ranks third with 3,687 cases. Madison County ranks fourth with 3,343 confirmed cases.
As of Wednesday, there are four confirmed COVID-19 patients at Methodist Healthcare hospital in Olive Branch and 25 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven.
According to MSDH data, there are two open ICU bed at Baptist Memorial Hospital and one 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 September 10, there are three active outbreaks at DeSoto County long-term care facilities: The DeSoto Healthcare Center, Hermitage Gardens of Southaven and Landmark of DeSoto. 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 138 outbreaks at long-term care facilities. 5,776 Mississippians in LTC facilities have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,152 have died.
Mississippi is reporting a 14.8%. test positivity rate over the last week, according to data from John Hopkins University.
The DeSoto Times-Tribune offers daily COVID-19 updates as new data from the state becomes available. Check back tomorrow for updated information.