Thursday, March 19, 2020

First Mississippi Covid19 Death Recorded

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued the following statement.

Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mississippi. The case was a male 60-65 years old from Hancock County with chronic underlying conditions. He died in a Louisiana hospital.

“As the coronavirus outbreak began claiming lives across the world, we knew this would eventually hit Mississippi. But that doesn’t make it any easier for Mississippi to lose one of our own. Elee and I are praying for all their loved ones and their community as we all deal with this tragic loss,” said Governor Tate Reeves.

Currently, Mississippi has reported 50 positive cases. A total of 602 have been tested by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory and private laboratories.

“I am extremely saddened to report this death. My heart goes out to this gentleman’s wife and family. While we knew it was a strong possibility that we would soon have a COVID-19 death, it doesn’t make it any easier to handle,” said MSDH State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH. “Many people will survive this virus with mild to severe symptoms, but we remain very concerned for those over 65 and immunocompromised populations – those most at risk to infection from this virus.”

Dobbs said as this virus continues to spread rapidly, prevention has never been more important. Preventive measures Mississippians can take include the following:
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom. Effective handwashing takes about 20 seconds, and includes cleaning under fingernails, between fingers, and washing the back of hands as well as the front.
• Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes. When possible, cough, sneeze or blow your nose into a tissue, and throw the tissue away.
• If you are sick, especially with shortness of breath, severe cough, fever or severe chest pain, call a doctor or healthcare provider for instructions on being safely examined.
• Avoid social gatherings where 10 people or more would come into close contact.
• Practice social distancing.

For more information on prevention measures and the latest guidance, download the free MS Ready mobile app or visit www.HealthyMS.com/covid-19. Follow MSDH by email and social media at www.HealthyMS.com/connect.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

There needs to be a parallel list published of people that die from something else, like old age.

Anonymous said...

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/

@6:25

If you look at the data from Johns Hopkins, a little over 4% of patients with coronavirus die. That's one in twenty five. The death rate for the seasonal flu is around 0.1%, or one in a thousand. That's a big difference friend. Don't take this shit lightly, dont blame media hysteria, dont blame "libtards". You'll get a first hand lesson on virology and statistic in the upcoming weeks.

Anonymous said...

6:25. If we don't flatten the curve, the hospitals will be overwhelmed and literally a million people in our nation could die in a three month span.

Anonymous said...

Just let the man Rest In Peace. Damn people.

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine some of you know-it-all JJ posters attending somebody’s funeral. You’d get kicked out and you’d still be talking BS in the parking lot. Show some respect.

Anonymous said...

@7:26
A lot more have caught the virus and recovered than caught the virus and died. Stop fear mongering. You people are the reason why 20% of the population will soon be unemployed. You libs have no shame and no limits to what you will do to get rid of Donald Trump.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't it be "First Mississippian to die from Covid-19"? If I'm not mistaken he died in Louisiana. So, no one has actually died in Mississippi from the virus yet.

Anonymous said...

This year, according to the CDC, seasonal flu was 0.2% away from being at an epidemic level in the US. It settled at 7.1% mortality rate. But people should take all major illnesses serious. Seems this particular one has an affinity for the elderly.

Anonymous said...

the 4% you are citing is not even remotely accurate

we are still not anywhere near capacity to identify infections, therefore the ration of deaths to infections is very, very skewed.

speaking of getting a lesson on statistics

Anonymous said...

7:26, percent is relative to the base. We have around 300 million people in the U.S., so if you want to get an accurate picture of the magnitude of this pandemic, use numbers, not percentages.

Anonymous said...


President Obama's Ebola czar says coronavirus infections will 'explode' in next few weeks, won't decrease until May.
The goal my friend is last until a vaccine is developed.
Things to do.
Hunker Down: Watch what Kingfish submitted in last post.
Deep clean your home.
Plant a garden.
Have sex with your wife.
Watch the Space station pass over in the night sky. For this you need to sign up for e-mail from NASA when it over your area. https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/
Take a nap or Take several naps.
Get the flu shot.
Get the Pneumonia.
Go to EarthCam & look in real time the vacant streets of NYC, Las Vegas, etc.

Anonymous said...

" Don't take this shit lightly, dont blame media hysteria, dont blame "libtards"."

Well.

A response like that helps matters.


Anonymous said...

On Sunday La. Had 35 cases now there are 392. Mississippi can't handle these kind of numbers. Please stay home so we can minimize these cases. You really don't have to clean if you stay in and keep the virus out.

Anonymous said...

Here is a cut and paste from a friend's social media page, it addresses some of you "hoax" believers....

We are all very self involved in our own lives in the midst of this crisis. Clearly, with what's happening all around us, it's tough to focus on things that are a world away.

However, I think it's important to take a moment to recognize what is happening in Italy, especially in the Lombardy region. The situation there is almost indescribable.

Italy is far from a third-world country. Its health system is ranked 2nd in the world according to the World Health Organization. The Lombardy Region is considered the top healthcare system in the country. By comparison, the US health system is ranked 37th in the world according to WHO. Some could certainly argue the WHO’s ranking methodology, including me, but I mention this to illustrate only that Italy has good, modern healthcare like us.

Italian Biologist Enrico Bucci says the numbers coming out of Italy don't even mean anything anymore. Their testing capacity is down to virtually nothing. The hospitals are overrun. Bucci says even symptomatic people are no longer being tested in the Lombardy Region, and people are dying in their own homes because there is no longer access to hospitals.

Italy's health system has absolutely been brought to its knees in a matter weeks. They have completely run out of personal protective equipment in most cases - no masks, no gloves, no other means of protection. Yet, the doctors and nurses there continue to work around the clock with no protection, trying to save as many people as possible, at great personal risk to their own health.

New figures released today show that nearly 2700 Italian healthcare workers have already become infected with COVID-19. As a result, healthcare workers are in a critical shortage and those that remain are working unending shifts.

13 doctors in Lombardy have already died from COVID-19. Countless others are infected. Hundreds of nurses are now in critical condition in the hospitals where they once worked.

They are all heroes, every one.

In some cases, soldiers have been brought in to haul away the dead and health care workers said they have stopped counting bodies.

“Unfortunately we can’t contain the situation in Lombardy,” Daniela Confalonieri, a nurse in Milan told the New York Post. “There’s a high level of contagion and we’re not even counting the dead anymore.”

“Look at the news that’s coming out of Italy and take note of what the situation is like,” she said. “It’s unimaginable.”

An Italian Army spokesman told the New York Post that 15 trucks and 50 soldiers had to be deployed to remove the dead from Bergamo, northeast of Milan, because the town cemetery had been overwhelmed. I've included a photo of the convoy below so you can see what they're seeing.

Just a few weeks ago, Italy was functioning normally. Like all of us, Italians were going about their lives, doing the things they always do. Most experts agree that Italy was late taking aggressive measures to prevent the spread.

The example in Italy is why public health authorities in the United States are pleading with us to take this seriously. Our population is more widespread and we have the opportunity to avoid having what's happening in Italy happen here.

Yet, so many among us still refuse to self isolate. All of us likely have friends are family who are healthcare workers. If we won't do it for ourselves, let's do it for the men in women in our healthcare system who are on the front lines. We can make it so they never have to face the situation that their peers in Italy are currently facing. That doesn't have to be our fate.

It's in all of our hands.

Anonymous said...

You get what’s coming to you in these situations if you choose denial. I want to hear some know it all call it a hoax while hooked up to a ventilator (if they’re lucky) and drowning in their fluids.

Anonymous said...

This is something that will be analyzed extensively after it has settled down. You can’t look at numbers right now because they are incomplete. The disease takes time to kill. Even though there may just be one death and 50 confirmed cases, it is inevitable there are more cases at the lab waiting results (it takes days), and people who have the virus that may not die for another week or two.

There’s enough variance in the state and local responses that when this is finally over we will be able to reasonably estimate the lives that would have been lost under different reactions. Only then can we tell if the impact was worth the effort. However, to suggest we do nothing because the numbers are low at the beginning is insane. We already have ample evidence of how that will overwhelm the medical system like in Italy. Is it possible we can “flatten the curve” too much? Of course. But to let it run rampant among the 30%+ of our population that is at risk because of age or underlying conditions is unacceptable.

We’ll learn from this and figure out what policies work so we can be more effective next time.

Anonymous said...

It's time for all of the mask and sanitizer hoarders and scalpers to make a sizeable donation to their local healthcare facility. It's a tax deduction and maybe you'll be able to sleep at night.

Victor Fleitas said...

@5:16 AM: Thank you for your sobering post relating the situation in Lombardy.

My son studied at the University of Pavia and lived in Pavia, Lombardy for six months for his next to last semester of college. I visited him for a week over New Year's 2017-18. Taking the train from Milan to Pavia, I was surprised how similar the rural and agricultural landscape was to Mississippi. Magnolia trees are very common in that region as well.

When I heard the news of the devastation wrought by COVID-19 in Lombardy I was saddened and thought about the similarities between Lombardy and Mississippi. Were are neither immune nor exempt.

Let's take heed and learn from their desperate straits. Use best practices and stay well.

Anonymous said...

@11:09,
We can tell you are @5:16. You seriously don't have better things to do?

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