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Warren County sets one-day record with 56 COVID-19 cases

Warren County has set a one-day record for the number of new COVID-19 cases with 56, according to reports Saturday from the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The new figure surpasses the previous record of 51 reported June 22 and increases the number of cases in the county to 1,089 since March 29. There were no new deaths reported in Warren County.

Saturday’s spike stopped a trend of declining case numbers over the past week.

“We are definitely a ‘high incidence’ county per MSDH, which means the risk of transmission in Warren County is much higher than other lower incidence counties,” said Vicksburg physician Dr. Dan Edney, a member of Gov. Tate Reeves’ COVID-19 task force. “We have been watching all of the numbers closely with most important ones being a seven-day average of daily new cases, seven- day average of daily deaths, total number of COVID patients in the hospital each day including ICU and ventilator numbers.

Statewide, the MSDH recorded 1,210 new cases, raising the statewide total from 65,436 cases to 66,646. In addition, 26 new deaths were reported in the state, bringing its total to 1,874  since March 11.

Yazoo County reported 14 new cases, raising its total number of cases to 829 with 12 deaths. Claiborne County reported 404 cases — an increase of six cases since Friday — and 13 deaths.

Sharkey County had three new cases, for a total of 197, with one new death that increased its pandemic total to five. Issaquena County, which was the last county in the state to report a positive case, reported one new case. Issaquena County has reported 26 cases and one death overall.

“It looks like we have plateaued again with numbers still high but not escalating at the rate they have been the last two weeks,” Edney said. “Our statewide hospital capacity is under a lot of strain and can’t take going up much more without drastic measures being required.

“If it holds and hopefully declines in the next two weeks, we’ll be OK for now. However, we anticipate an increase in numbers with school openings and then the worst is anticipated for this fall when flu season hits,” Edney added.

Edney said the medical world has proven masks and social distancing do significantly help in reducing transmission of the disease, “and we’re hopeful that as more people comply with the public health orders that we can flatten the curve again.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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