Leflore County’s death count from COVID-19 is now up to 49 with the addition of another resident of a long-term care facility.
The victim died between June 18 and June 25, and the cause was confirmed through a death certificate report, according to the update released Wednesday by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
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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.
Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are particularly susceptible to bad outcomes from the virus. They account for 34, or 69%, of Leflore County’s deaths from COVID-19.
The latest victim was white.
Presently, African Americans account for 82% of the deaths in the county, whites for 16% and one victim is listed as “other.” Leflore County has a Black population of 75%.
There were 653 new cases and nine deaths added to Mississippi’s totals Wednesday.
The state has now recorded 27,900 cases of COVID-19 and 1,082 deaths since the outbreak began in March.
As of Wednesday morning, eight patients were being treated for the virus in Greenwood Leflore Hospital’s COVID-19 unit, according to Christine Hemphill, a hospital spokeswoman. Three were on ventilators to help them breathe.
Leflore County is tied with Jones County for the third-most deaths of the state’s 82 counties. Lauderdale County leads with 78, followed by Neshoba County with 69.