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As of Thursday, October 29, Mississippi has 118,587 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,310 deaths.

Mississippi Cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health on October 29 reported 118,587 cases of COVID-19 with the death toll rising to 3,310.

The first death, a Hancock County man aged 60-65 with underlying health conditions, was reported March 19. For a full listing of deaths by counties, visit the MSDH website

MSDH is investigating all cases to limit the spread of the virus.

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Front-line caregivers at the Medical Center cheer on Raleigh resident Timothy Hudson, the 1,000th patient with COVID treated at UMMC, as he departs following a one-week stay.

Medical Center’s 1,000th hospitalized patient with COVID-19 safely discharged home

Monday, October 26, 2020

Timothy Hudson, a 34-year-old Raleigh resident, on Oct. 26 became the Medical Center's 1,000th hospitalized patient with COVID-19 to be safely discharged. Another 619 patients with COVID-19 have been treated in UMMC's adult and pediatric emergency rooms. And sadly, 200 others cared for here died from the virus. Read More

EMTs with American Medical Response wheel into the Adult Emergency Department an area nursing home patient having complications in his recovery from COVID.

For sickest patients with COVID, struggle for recovery begins with emergency care

Monday, August 10, 2020

In the Medical Center’s Adult Emergency Department, care for a growing number of patients with COVID has a domino effect. Between those patients, the traumatically injured and desperately ill, and many patients, with and without COVID, who need hospitalization but must wait for an open room, the ED’s 52 beds can’t keep up. That calls for a flexible, creative, mission-oriented front line. Read More

Children’s of Mississippi: Safety you can rely on

Dr. Lisa Didion, associate chief medical officer for Children’s of Mississippi and a pediatric hospitalist, shares what the state’s only children’s hospital and its clinics are doing to keep patients and families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published on Friday, August 7, 2020

Caring for COVID-19-positive moms a labor of love

Most women who give birth at Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants have pressing health problems: HIV, obesity, hypertension, heart or kidney failure. But when a pregnant woman contracts COVID-19 on top of other potentially dangerous comorbidities, a delivery already fraught with complications becomes even more complex. Wiser’s Labor and Delivery team has persevered in saving all of its COVID-positive mothers and their babies since the pandemic began, but it hasn’t been easy, and will only get harder.

Published on Monday, July 20, 2020

COVID-19-burdened UMMC braces for tacked-on crises

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in Mississippi, a sustained surge doesn't pose the worst-case scenario: Another resource-draining strike by an overlapping emergency does. Keenly aware of this danger are UMMC officials and their colleagues in public health and emergency response, who recently gathered to contemplate the pandemic, hurricanes and the flu.

Published on Monday, July 20, 2020

Stemming COVID-19: ‘What we are doing now is not working’

You don’t have to be a health care professional to realize Mississippi is going in the wrong direction in its attempt to stem the widespread transmission of COVID-19. Unless more people take the critical precautions of wearing a mask, social distancing, shunning gatherings and washing their hands frequently, hospitals will soon be overrun and beds will be even more scarce.

Published on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Antibodies and COVID-19: What you should know

Published on Monday, June 29, 2020

Caring for COVID-19 patients: Teamwork, time make difference

Published on Monday, June 22, 2020

Clinical trial tests plasma as possible COVID-19 treatment

Published on Friday, June 12, 2020

As COVID-19 numbers grow, so does creative patient placement

Published on Monday, June 1, 2020

UMMC tests 15,000 for COVID-19, expands testing to other groups

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Heart failure admissions plummet – is the pandemic to blame?

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Health System keeps ship steady despite COVID-19's uncharted waters

Published on Monday, May 18, 2020

COVID-19 impacts black communities more heavily, study shows

Published on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Medical Center credits students’ COVID-19 response – in due course

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020

Leading the charge: Jones, Wilson help steer COVID-19 command team

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020

COVID-19 isolation good for public health, worrisome for mental health

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020

Infectious diseases, prevention team keeps COVID-19 on the run

Published on Friday, April 24, 2020

Those at higher COVID-19 complication risk should note these tips

Published on Monday, April 20, 2020

Self-care crucial while caring for loved ones with dementia

Published on Monday, April 20, 2020

Regions matches donations to UMMC COVID-19 relief up to $50K

Published on Monday, April 20, 2020

UMMC begins COVID-19 clinical trials

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Field clinic for respiratory illness opens to public, provider referrals

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Photos: One mission, one family - UMMC takes on COVID-19

Published on Monday, April 13, 2020

Telehealth technology 'linchpin' of Medical Center’s COVID-19 response

Published on Monday, April 13, 2020