Tuesday, June 30, 2020

C19 Update: Hospitalizations Surge

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 680 new cases of the Wuhan virus yesterday as well as 14 new deaths.   The total number of cases is 27,247. The virus has caused 1,073 deaths. Nursing home deaths comprise 50% of overall Covid-19 deaths in Mississippi. There are 17,242 recoveries.  More information and a complete list of infected counties can be found at the MSDH website.  Unfortunately, the Rt factor remained at 1.18.

Hospitalizations surged to 560 patients while ICUs crept back up to their second highest level in the last month.  Vents remained the same. 



32 comments:

Anonymous said...

The death rate also looks like it is starting to climb again, but that's not surprising as deaths will lag hospitalizations by at least a week or two. What we are seeing is a lower percentage of nursing home residents dying. It may be 50% overall, but for the month of June it is close to 40%.

Anyone still in denial we are seeing a surge after people simply returned to their regular behavior around Memorial Day? Mississippi is almost dead last in mask usage. Simple things like that could help get the epidemic under control.

Keep this up and there will be no choice but to implement mandatory restrictions on certain businesses and activities. We won't shut everything back down, but anything with large gatherings and no way to control social distancing will be gone.

Anonymous said...

Some more from Darth Vader.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fauci-coronavirus-cases-surge

Anonymous said...

Hope nobody needs to go to New York. We were just added to the list of states where people have to quarantine for 14 days if they enter New York.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, these stats aren't truthful and accurate, because too many (more than 1 is too many) hospital deaths are moved into the Covid-19 column because of the huge monetary incentive (reimbursement schedule).

Anonymous said...

It's beginning to look like we can kiss the football season goodbye. Maybe the players will take out their frustrations on you morons who refuse to wear masks by making you their tackling dummies in open public!

Anonymous said...

@4:19 You should take a look in the mirror and question why that’s the thought you’re having as this state is utterly failing in its fight with corona. The only evidence that conspiracy theory has unearthed, to my knowledge, is that there is in fact extra money that goes to hospitals with corona patients. Then the reasoning jumps to “well where there’s a monetary incentive, people must be cooking the books.” I think your group is projecting your own cynical opportunism onto others.

Anonymous said...

@3:56 I don't know what part of Mississippi you're in but from what I can see people ARE social distancing and most people ARE wearing a mask, and some people are so afraid they are out fishing by their self while wearing a mask and driving with their mask on in a car all by their self.

Don't make it sound like nobody is doing what you want them to do.

Anonymous said...

If you subtract the nursing home deaths we are not doing to bad.
Nursing home people do not get out that much. No large gangs of them running un and down the street. They should be less likely to catch the virus.
Looks like the people working there should have done what the above person is demanding everyone should do.

Anonymous said...

KF, is data available to show how many of today's reported cases represent positive antibody tests versus new, current infections? I believe Dobbs acknowledged to the Sun Herald recently that current infections and positive antibody tests (prior infections) are being reported together as one combined daily figure. Also, the MDHS site reports nearly 12,000 antibody tests have been given to date. Is data available to show how many or what percentage of those came back positive?

Anonymous said...

Wait! This was supposed to magically disappear in warm weather.

Anonymous said...

Does Mississippi count 'probable' cases or are all numbers positive cases confirmed by testing? Some states are counting 'probable' without testing and the same on the death certificates. The numbers have been skewed from the beginning.

Anonymous said...

4:19 PM There is not a shred of truth to your statement

Anonymous said...

@4:19 - prove it or stop spreading that bs

Anonymous said...

Jensen said, "Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. Why? Because if it's a straightforward, garden-variety pneumonia that a person is admitted to the hospital for – if they're Medicare – typically, the diagnosis-related group lump sum payment would be $5,000. But if it's COVID-19 pneumonia, then it's $13,000, and if that COVID-19 pneumonia patient ends up on a ventilator, it goes up to $39,000."

Anonymous said...

Mississippi is almost dead last in mask usage.

Link?

Anonymous said...

You left out facts, 4:19/6:00:

"While it seems plausible that Medicare disbursements to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients could be in the range given by Jensen in the Fox News interview (if those patients are covered by Medicare), we found no evidence to support Jensen’s assertion that “Medicare has determined” that hospitals will be paid $13,000 for patients with COVID-19 diagnoses or $39,000 for COVID-19 patients placed on ventilators." SNOPES

“There’s an implication here that hospitals are over-reporting their COVID patients because they have an economic advantage of doing so, [which] is really an outrageous claim,” Gerald Kominski, senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, told us. And, he said, any suggestion that patients may be put on ventilators out of financial gain, not medical need, “is basically saying physicians are violating their Hippocratic Oath … it would be like providing heart surgery on someone who doesn’t need it.”

"Robert Berenson, an institute fellow at the Urban Institute, said the notion that hospitals are profiting off the pandemic — as some of the social media posts may imply — isn’t borne out by facts, either."

FACTCHECK.ORG

So, a fact free conspiracy theory out on the Internet since April, and here you are re-distributing misinformation near July.

But, since "the GubMint is a reimbursing folks"..... it has to be corruption.

And I bet you collect Social Security and Medicare, too.

Anonymous said...

I was in Lincoln County today, at most 30% of the folks had on mask. And 50% of them didn't have it on properly. Social distancing didn't exist.

Anonymous said...

In regards to the Fauci link, if that little bastard was without arthritis, younger and fast he'd make a good wide receiver with all his zig zag moves. Reminds me of a woman I knew awhile back, just couldn't make her mind up.

Anonymous said...

@6:00

Ask FactCheck reporter Angelo Fichera, who interviewed Jensen, noted, "Jensen said he did not think that hospitals were intentionally misclassifying cases for financial reasons. But that’s how his comments have been widely interpreted and paraded on social media."

Ask FactCheck's conclusion: "Recent legislation pays hospitals higher Medicare rates for COVID-19 patients and treatment, but there is no evidence of fraudulent reporting."

Julie Aultman, a member of the editorial board of the American Medical Association’s Journal of Ethics, told PolitiFact it is “very unlikely that physicians or hospitals will falsify data or be motivated by money to do so.”

Anonymous said...

@6:00 is correct....follow the money! Also, pay attention to the CDC numbers. Daily updates of totals (Provisional death counts)by week and state. The numbers are going DOWN.

Anonymous said...

Only people that are safe from Covid-19are protesters. They can’t catch it or pass it to others.

Anonymous said...

@6:00 are you intentionally trying to mislead everyone?

From a USAToday article:

“ Jensen said he thinks the overall number of COVID-19 cases have been undercounted based on limitations in the number of tests available.
...
There have been no public reports that hospitals are exaggerating COVID-19 numbers to receive higher Medicare payments.

Jensen didn't explicitly make that claim. He simply suggested there is an "avenue" to do so now that "plausible" COVID-19, not just laboratory-confirmed, cases can be greenlighted for Medicare payment and eligible for the 20% add-on allowed under the relief act.”

Anonymous said...

The virus is going to kill one in a thousand Mississippians. You can slow it down (by social distancing; closing bars; getting idiots not to sing in church; closing salons) but you can't stop it. It is going to kill one per thousand Mississippians. Already has in Lauderdale County. So if you slow it the hospitals will be available for your broken leg or hip. If you don't, your care will be shit for a while. Simple choices.

Anonymous said...

9:59 I take it you don’t think treatments will improve over time or a vaccine won’t even be 10% effective. Otherwise pushing the illness farther out will result in more lives saved and we may be able to bring the mortality rate close to zero.

Anonymous said...


If the temptation is there, the majority who will do anything for a buck will game the system.

Anonymous said...

For those reading that do understand medicine or have a science background know and understand that we are nearing herd immunity. Look at NYC... they have achieved herd immunity status and that is why the virus is not spreading in those places anymore. Young people and healthy populations contracting this is the only way to rid of it. The national death rate is plummeting as are hospitalizations per case. Most national medical associations are demanding children return to school in August as they are near 0 risk and it will achieve herd immunity. This is nature and nothing left or right politician can prevent. Nature has been winning for a long long time.

Anonymous said...

Herd immunity is not near to being achieved. Ask the folks in LA. In NY where they have leadership people are are wearing mask and social distancing. If they drop their guard like we have, they will be in the same boat.

Anonymous said...

The people who say the government cannot force them to wear a mask are the same people who wanted to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. Morons.

Anonymous said...

@4:14, we're nowhere close to herd immunity. Less than 1% of America's population has or had the virus. Roughly 328 million people in the US and 2.5 million cases per the CDC. People advocating for spreading the virus to achieve herd immunity at this point are wrong and are spreading misinformation.

Anonymous said...

New York City has been hardest hit and they still are nowhere near herd immunity. The latest estimate based on antibody testing is the city has about 25% exposure rate. They would need to triple that to get to herd immunity. The rest of the country is somewhere between 5% and 15% exposure.

Deliberate infection of the entire population as some are suggesting is absolutely crazy. You would need to increase deaths by at least 10 times before it could be achieved.

How about we do what we can to mitigate the spread and see if one of the 140 vaccine candidates or thousands of treatments being developed is effective before sentencing a million Americans to death just so you can go to your bars and football games.

Anonymous said...

Andrew Cuomo is serious about his immigration. He's thinking of building a wall to keep people out. Don't you dare enter New York State illegally!

Anonymous said...

Hey, why is it that most of the people on TV demanding that we all wear masks are not even wearing them when they are telling us how bad we are for not wearing masks?

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