Another resident of a long-term care facility has died from COVID-19 in Carroll County, according to Sunday’s update from the Mississippi State Department of Health.
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. Nursing homes or other long-term care facilities are particularly vulnerable.
Six of the seven deaths in Carroll County have been of residents of long-term care facilities, according to the Health Department. The only nursing home with a known outbreak is Vaiden Community Living Center.
The last three to die in Carroll County have been white, following an initial string of four African American victims.
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Long-term care facilities have become a major point of emphasis in Mississippi’s effort to curtail the spread of the highly contagious virus. This past week, Gov. Tate Reeves announced that the state, in keeping with a recommendation from White House health officials, would test all residents and staff at long-term care facilities for the virus over the next two weeks. The testing is to be handled free of charge by the Department of Health, with assistance from the Mississippi National Guard.
Currently, 101 long-term care facilities in the state have at least one active case of COVID-19 among residents or staff.
In Leflore County, long-term care facilities have accounted for 50% of its 22 COVID-19 deaths. Statewide, the breakdown is only slightly less, 251 out of 521 deaths, or 48 percent.
The Health Department reported Sunday 173 new cases and 11 new deaths . Nearly 11,300 cases of the virus have been confirmed in a state of about 3 million people.
No new deaths were reported for Leflore County.