Another resident of a long-term care facility has died from COVID-19 in Leflore County.
The death, reported Tuesday by the Mississippi State Department of Health, brings the death count to 27.
The individual, who was African American, did not die at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, according to Christine Hemphill, a spokeswoman for the hospital.
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 have been rising steadily in them.
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In Leflore County, in addition to the one new death, the Department of Health also reclassified an earlier death as being a resident of a long-term care facility. These facilities have accounted for 15 COVID-19 deaths in the county, or 56% of the total.
They have experienced 80% of the deaths in Carroll County and 51% statewide.
According to the Department of Health, 121 long-term care facilities have at least one active case of COVID-19 among their residents or staff. Crystal Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Greenwood and Vaiden Community Living Center have accounted for the majority of the nursing home cases and deaths in the two-county area.
The state is in the process of testing every nursing home resident and employee for the virus in an effort to isolate those who may be transmitting the illness.
Leflore County has experienced the fifth-most COVID-19 deaths of the state’s 82 counties. Lauderdale County has the most with 56, followed by Forrest County with 37.
As of Tuesday morning, Greenwood Leflore Hospital was treating seven patients with the virus in its COVID-19 unit, Hemphill said. One of the patients is on a ventilator to help the patient breathe.
There were 273 new cases and 17 new deaths added to Mississippi’s totals Tuesday. Eight of the deaths, according to the Health Department, had occurred between May 13 and 18 and were recently identified through death certificate reports.
The state has confirmed more than 13,700 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began, and it has recorded 652 deaths.