MSDH: 4 new cases of coronavirus identified on the Mississippi Coast; statewide total up to 34

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Map of confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi as of March 18, 2020. Courtesy of Mississippi State Department of Health.

GULFPORT, Miss. (WXXV) — The number of coronvirus cases in Mississippi continues to rise as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens around the world.

Wednesday, the Mississippi State Department of Health announced 13 new cases of coronavirus in the Magnolia State, with 6 new cases in the WXXV viewing area.

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MSDH reports 2 new cases of COVID-19 in Pearl River County, 3 new cases in Harrison County, and 1 new case in Hancock County.

The total number of people with confirmed or presumptive positive cases of coronavirus are listed below:

County Cases
Bolivar 2
Coahoma 2
Copiah 2
DeSoto 1
Forrest 3
Hancock 2
Harrison 4
Hinds 6
Jackson 1
Leflore 4
Madison 1
Monroe 1
Pearl River 4
Perry 1
Total 34

 



The state total now stands at 34, with 513 individuals tested.

The Mississippi State Department of Health said Wednesday, “With the increase of COVID-19 cases across the state, preventive actions become more important for everyone. Avoid large gatherings, keep your distance in public, keep hands clean, and stay home if you are sick.

The MSDH recommends the following precautionary measures:

  • Avoid social gatherings where 10 people or more would come into close contact.
  • Practice social distancing advice below when your are in a group of people.
  • Avoid unnecessary (non-urgent) air, bus or train travel.
  • Limit visitation to older relatives or friends (especially in nursing or care homes).

For Older Adults and People at High Risk

  • People at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are adults 65 and over and those with a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. These people should take simple precautions at all times to limit their exposure to others who may be ill:
  • Avoid all social gatherings.
  • Keep more space (6 feet if possible) between you and others as you go through the day.
  • Avoid crowds. When you do go out in public, keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact.
  • Wash your hands often, especially after being in public places.

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