Another resident of a long-term care facility has died in Carroll County from COVID-19.
That brings the county’s death count to 11 from the respiratory disease, with nine of the victims being residents of long-term care facilities.
It could not be immediately determined where the individual had lived. The previous eight had been residents of Vaiden Community Living Center. The nursing home, the only one in Carroll County, has been the site of a significant transmission of COVID-19.
Although the Mississippi State Department of Health shows no long-term care facilities in the county with an active outbreak, the Vaiden nursing home still has active cases, according to Rachel Ethridge, a spokeswoman for Community Eldercare Services, the company that manages the facility.
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The latest death was reported Thursday by the Department of Health. The individual was white. So far in the county, six of those who have died were black and five were white.
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 and other long-term care facilities are particularly vulnerable, and the number of deaths has been rising steadily in them. They account for a little more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the state.
Mississippi’s 211 nursing homes are in the process of conducting state-ordered testing for COVID-19 of all of their residents and employees — some 27,000 individuals.
There were not any new deaths reported for Leflore County. As of Thursday morning, Greenwood Leflore Hospital was treating five patients with the virus in its COVID-19 unit, said Christine Hemphill, a hospital spokeswoman. One of the patients is on a ventilator to help the patient breathe.
There were 328 new cases and 23 new deaths added to Mississippi’s totals Wednesday.
The state has confirmed almost 14,400 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began, and it has recorded 693 deaths.