In-hospital deaths in Mississippi spiked 40% during pandemic, top doctor says
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Magnolia State had 40% more deaths in 2020, according to a new epidemiology report.
State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs said the hospital data, always delayed by one quarter, shows the overall hospital mortality rate during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The hospital data for 2020 includes 23,403 COVID-19-associated hospitalizations, the report shows.
Of these, 22,111 (94.5%) were among Mississippi residents.
The total number of in-hospital deaths, COVID-19 and non-COVID-19, among residents was 10,823.
This is a 39.9% increase in in-hospital deaths compared to 2019 (Figure 1 and Figure 2).
Twenty percent of all COVID-19 in-hospital deaths occurred during December - the month with the highest transmission rate in 2020, the epidemiology report shows.
Mississippi State Department of Health also says in-hospital deaths were highly prevalent among rural residents.
Two-thirds (65.4%) of such deaths occurred among COVID-19 patients residing in rural areas.
Also, more women were admitted with a COVID-19 diagnosis than then and hospitalizations were slightly higher among whites (49.0%) than Blacks (46.2%).
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