A man in his 80s has become the 25th person to die of COVID-19 in Leflore County.
The patient died Tuesday at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Christine Hemphill. He had underlying health complications, she said.
The death was reported in Friday’s update by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
The victim was African American, as have been all those to die so far in Leflore County from the respiratory disease.
The Commonwealth is providing this story for free as a public service. Please support our journalism by subscribing today.
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.
Leflore County has the fifth-most COVID-19 deaths among the state’s 82 counties. Lauderdale County leads with 51 deaths, followed by Forrest County with 32.
As of Friday morning, Greenwood Leflore Hospital was treating seven patients in its COVID-19 unit. Six have the illness, and one of them is on a ventilator to help the patient breathe. The other patient is suspected of having the virus.
Meanwhile, a Vaiden nursing home plagued by a major outbreak is reporting that more residents and employees have recovered from the virus.
Seven residents and 23 employees who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are now negative, according to Rachel Ethridge, a spokeswoman for Community Eldercare Services, the management company for Vaiden Community Living Center.
She said that all of the residents and staff have been tested and their results have been received, but the nursing home is not releasing the results. According to the Department of Health’s latest tally, 45 long-term care facility residents in Carroll County have tested positive at some point for the virus. It is believed that most, if not all, of these cases have been at the Vaiden nursing home. Seven of the county’s nine deaths were of individuals who had lived at the nursing home.
There were 402 new cases and 16 new deaths added to Mississippi’s overall totals Friday, although three of the deaths occurred between May 5-12 and were identified through death certificate reports.
The state has confirmed more than 12,600 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in March, and it has recorded 596 deaths.