Leflore County has added another death from COVID-19, bringing its total to 23.
The death was reported in Wednesday’s update by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
The victim, as with the previous 22 to die in the county, was African American. The individual did not reside in a long-term care facility. Nor did the individual die at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, according to Christine Hemphill, a hospital spokeswoman.
No other details were available.
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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.
Leflore County is tied with Hinds and Monroe counties for the fifth-most COVID-19 deaths among the state’s 82 counties. Lauderdale County leads with 46 deaths, followed by Forrest County with 32.
As of Wednesday morning, eight patients were being treated in the Greenwood hospital’s COVID-19 unit, said Hemphill. Seven had tested positive for the virus, one of whom is on a ventilator to help the patient breathe. The other patient is suspected of having the illness.
There were 263 new cases and 16 new deaths added to Mississippi’s totals Wednesday. The state has confirmed nearly 12,000 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in March, and it has recorded 570 deaths.