Mississippi reports 100 new COVID-19 cases, bringing statewide total to 1,738; death toll rises to 51

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(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.

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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.

County Cases Deaths Long-Term
Care Facilities
with Outbreaks
Adams 19 1
Alcorn 6
Amite 6 1 1
Attala 15
Benton 5
Bolivar 51 2 2
Calhoun 9 1
Carroll 6
Chickasaw 15 2 1
Choctaw 8 1
Claiborne 1
Clarke 8
Clay 9
Coahoma 29 1
Copiah 16
Covington 6
Desoto 136 1
Forrest 46 1 1
Franklin 5
George 5
Greene 1
Grenada 7
Hancock 30 1 2
Harrison 79 3 1
Hinds 158 2
Holmes 23 2
Humphreys 4 1
Itawamba 4
Jackson 98 5 1
Jasper 3
Jefferson 3
Jones 13
Kemper 6
Lafayette 22 1
Lamar 15
Lauderdale 70 2 3
Lawrence 5
Leake 11
Lee 30 2
Leflore 23 4 1
Lincoln 18 1
Lowndes 15
Madison 74 2 2
Marion 8 1
Marshall 23 1 1
Monroe 16 1 2
Montgomery 11 1
Neshoba 11
Newton 7 1
Noxubee 5
Oktibbeha 27 2
Panola 17 1
Pearl River 52 2 2
Perry 14 1
Pike 28 1
Pontotoc 12 1
Prentiss 10 1
Quitman 7
Rankin 74 1
Scott 23 1
Sharkey 3
Simpson 6
Smith 11 1
Stone 1
Sunflower 19 1
Tallahatchie 3
Tate 16
Tippah 36 3
Tishomingo 1
Tunica 18 1 1
Union 6 1
Walthall 12
Warren 5 1
Washington 38 1
Wayne 5
Webster 12 1
Wilkinson 30 3 1
Winston 15
Yalobusha 11
Yazoo 32 1
Total 1,738 51 38

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.

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