Mississippi is ranked 17th in the death rate for COVID-19. One of the main reasons the state is ranked so high is that it has some of the highest incidences nationally of these underlying conditions that can lead to increased morbidity from the virus.
There are 2,003 cases of COVID-19 statewide, with 67 deaths, according to data from the state Department of Health as of April 9.
Four of the COVID-19 deaths statewide have been from those without any of these conditions, with the rest having one or more of these issues.
Forty deaths statewide have come from those with cardiovascular disease, while 34 with diabetes have passed away after catching the virus. Twenty six of the COVID-19 victims in the state also had hypertension.
The latest models at the Institutes for Health Metrics and Evaluation predict that there will be 301 deaths from COVID-19 in Mississippi. The models also predict that April 19 is the projected peak in daily deaths, which would be 11 deaths.
The models also predict that there won’t be a bed shortage (5,733 available) by the disease’s peak in Mississippi, same for intensive care unit beds (111 needed, 340 available).