Leflore County’s death count from COVID-19 is more than halfway to the century mark.
On Saturday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported that two more long-term care facility residents — one Black, one white — have died from the respiratory disease. That brings the total number of fatalities to 51 in Leflore County.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
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Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are particularly susceptible to bad outcomes from the virus. They account for 36, or 70%, of Leflore County’s deaths from COVID-19.
Only one nursing home in Greenwood, Golden Age, has an active outbreak of the virus. It was not immediately known whether the two most recent victims of the virus had been living there or at another long-term care facility.
As of Thursday, the outbreak at Golden Age had appeared to stabilize. Over the previous seven days, the nursing home had reported no new deaths or cases of the disease.
Presently, Blacks account for 80% of the deaths in the county, whites for 18% and one victim is listed as “other.” Leflore County has a Black population of 75%.
There were 990 new cases and four deaths added to Mississippi’s totals Saturday.
The state has now recorded 30,674 cases of COVID-19 and 1,107 deaths since the outbreak began in March.
Leflore County has the third-most deaths of the state’s 82 counties. Lauderdale County leads with 79, followed by Neshoba County with 71.