Mississippi State Department of Health reports total of 1,915 COVID-19 cases, 59 fatalities

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(WXXV) — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting 177 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,915.

MSDH is also confirming 8 new deaths as a result of the novel coronavirus. The death toll in the Magnolia State now stands at 59.

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In South Mississippi, MSDH reports 89 cases of COVID-19 in Harrison County, 108 cases in Jackson County, 56 in Pearl River County, 31 in Hancock County, 5 in George County, and 3 in Stone.

Jackson County has the third-highest reported number of confirmed cases in the state, behind Hinds (169) and DeSoto (140).



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 Monday evening, there were 38 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 LTCs with Outbreaks
Adams 24 1
Alcorn 6
Amite 7 1 1
Attala 15
Benton 5
Bolivar 54 2 2
Calhoun 10 1
Carroll 7
Chickasaw 15 2 1
Choctaw 9 1
Claiborne 3
Clarke 10
Clay 10
Coahoma 30 1
Copiah 17
Covington 7
Desoto 140 1
Forrest 59 1 1
Franklin 5
George 5
Greene 1
Grenada 8
Hancock 31 2 2
Harrison 89 3 1
Hinds 169 2
Holmes 25 3
Humphreys 5 1
Itawamba 5
Jackson 108 5 1
Jasper 4
Jefferson 3
Jones 14 1
Kemper 10
Lafayette 25 1
Lamar 18 1
Lauderdale 78 3 3
Lawrence 5
Leake 15
Lee 38 2
Leflore 26 4 1
Lincoln 21 1 1
Lowndes 16
Madison 82 2 1
Marion 13 1
Marshall 24 1
Monroe 18 1 2
Montgomery 12 1
Neshoba 12
Newton 7 1
Noxubee 5
Oktibbeha 29 1 2
Panola 19 1
Pearl River 56 3 2
Perry 14 1
Pike 31 1
Pontotoc 12 1
Prentiss 10 2
Quitman 9
Rankin 78 1
Scott 32 1
Sharkey 3
Simpson 7
Smith 11 1
Stone 3
Sunflower 25 1
Tallahatchie 3
Tate 18
Tippah 36 3
Tishomingo 1
Tunica 17 1 1
Union 6 1
Walthall 14
Warren 7 1
Washington 40 1 1
Wayne 5
Webster 12 1
Wilkinson 32 3 1
Winston 17
Yalobusha 11
Yazoo 32 1
Total 1,915 59 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 6,568
Total individuals tested by other providers 14,061
Total individuals tested for COVID-19 statewide 20,370

MSDH Testing Summary

MSDH Public Health Laboratory (MPHL) testing totals as of 6 p.m., April 6, 2020. These totals are for tests performed at the MPHL only.

  • Total individuals tested by the MPHL: 6,568
  • Total positive individuals from MPHL tests: 650

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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