COVID-19 has claimed the lives of five Tallahatchians within the past eight days — the largest concentration of local pandemic-related fatalities for any such period since the outbreak began.
The recent deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Tallahatchie County include one reported Sept. 10, two reported Sept. 13, and one reported on both Sept. 15 and Sept. 16, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Officials do not release personal identifying information about individual cases.
There have been a total of 18 COVID-19 deaths among Tallahatchians. MSDH figures released Thursday (Sept. 17), showed that 734 residents of Tallahatchie County have tested positive for COVID-19. The first local positive case was reported March 23. The first death was reported April 17.
Four of the 18 deceased were residents of the Extended Care Facility in Charleston, where MSDH reports there have been a total of 30 COVID-19 cases and an outbreak is currently ongoing.
In its latest available breakdown (Sept. 16), MSDH notes that of all the cases in Tallahatchie County, 59% of those infected have been Black, 26% white and 15% are of unknown race and ethnicity.
Statewide on Thursday, MSDH reported a total of 91,935 positive cases and 2,780 deaths since mid-March. Among those who have tested positive in the state, a total of 78,971 are presumed to have recovered.
Statewide, 503 are said to be hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19, with 169 of those in intensive care hospital units.
For the latest COVID-19 Mississippi stats, visit MSDH at www.healthyms.com/covid-19.