(WXXV) — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting 100 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,738.
MSDH is also confirming 8 new deaths as a result of the novel coronavirus. The death toll in the Magnolia State now stands at 51.
In South Mississippi, MSDH reports 79 cases of COVID-19 in Harrison County, 98 cases in Jackson County, 52 in Pearl River County, 30 in Hancock County, 5 in George County, and 1 in Stone County.
Jackson County has the third-highest reported number of confirmed cases in the state, behind Hinds (158) and DeSoto (136).
Long-term care facilities (like nursing homes) are considered high risk locations because their residents are older or in poor health. The Health Department is tracking outbreaks at those facilities because residents are vulnerable. As of Friday evening, there were 30 long-term care (LTC) facilities being investigated statewide.
South Mississippi counties with outbreaks at such facilities are as follows: Hancock has 2, Harrison has 1, Jackson has 1 and Pearl River has 2.
STATEWIDE TESTING SUMMARY
COVID-19 testing providers around the state include commercial laboratories and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Combined with testing done by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, the figures provide a complete picture of all Mississippi testing. We will update these figures as data becomes available.
Combined testing totals (MSDH, UMMC and commercial testing providers) as of April 5, 2020.
|Total individuals tested by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory||6,309|
|Total individuals tested by other providers||14,061|
|Total individuals tested for COVID-19 statewide||20,370|
DAILY MSDH TESTING SUMMARY
MSDH Public Health Laboratory (MPHL) testing totals as of 6 p.m., April 5, 2020. These totals are for tests performed at the MPHL only:
- Total individuals tested by the MPHL: 6,309
- Total positive individuals from MPHL tests: 617
RECOMMENDED PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES:
- Avoid social gatherings where 10 people or more would come into close contact.
- Practice social distancing advice below when you 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.