Mississippi Department of Health: 161 new cases of COVID-19, total of 2,942 statewide

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(WXXV) — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting 161 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 2,942.

MSDH is also confirming 2 new deaths as a result of the novel coronavirus. The death toll in the Magnolia State now stands at 98.

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In South Mississippi, MSDH reports 112 cases of COVID-19 in Harrison County, 147 cases in Jackson County, 88 in Pearl River County, 40 in Hancock County, 8 in George County, and 11 in Stone.

Jackson County has the third-highest reported number of confirmed cases in the state, behind Hinds (259) and DeSoto (178).

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 Sunday evening, there were 41 long-term care (LTC) facilities being investigated statewide.

South Mississippi counties with outbreaks at such facilities are as follows: Hancock has 2, Harrison has 2, Jackson has 1 and Pearl River has 2.

County Cases Deaths Long-Term
Care Facilities
with Outbreaks
Adams 57 1 2
Alcorn 7
Amite 14 1 1
Attala 20
Benton 5
Bolivar 68 3 2
Calhoun 24 1
Carroll 8
Chickasaw 30 2 1
Choctaw 11 1
Claiborne 7
Clarke 15 1 2
Clay 20
Coahoma 38 1
Copiah 31
Covington 15
Desoto 178 2 1
Forrest 105 2 2
Franklin 10
George 8
Greene 2
Grenada 11
Hancock 40 5 2
Harrison 112 5 2
Hinds 259 2 4
Holmes 46 3
Humphreys 11 1 1
Itawamba 9
Jackson 147 5 1
Jasper 14
Jefferson 4 1
Jefferson Davis 5 1
Jones 37 3
Kemper 14
Lafayette 30 1
Lamar 38 1
Lauderdale 150 8 4
Lawrence 6
Leake 29
Lee 46 4
Leflore 48 4 2
Lincoln 49 4 2
Lowndes 25 1
Madison 106 2 3
Marion 21 1
Marshall 34 2
Monroe 37 2 2
Montgomery 15 1
Neshoba 34
Newton 10 1
Noxubee 6
Oktibbeha 37 1 2
Panola 23 2
Pearl River 88 8 2
Perry 19 1
Pike 59 1 1
Pontotoc 15 1
Prentiss 14 1
Quitman 12
Rankin 100 2
Scott 58 1
Sharkey 3
Simpson 7 1
Smith 28 1 1
Stone 11
Sunflower 38 1
Tallahatchie 4
Tate 24
Tippah 44 6 1
Tishomingo 2
Tunica 21 1 1
Union 7 1 1
Walthall 21
Warren 14 1
Washington 57 2 2
Wayne 9
Webster 14 1
Wilkinson 49 3 1
Winston 20
Yalobusha 14
Yazoo 64 1
Total 2,942 98 58

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

MSDH Testing Summary

MSDH Public Health Laboratory (MPHL) testing totals as of 6 p.m., April 13, 2020. These totals are for tests performed at the MPHL only.

  • Total individuals tested by the MPHL: 9,412
  • Total positive individuals from MPHL tests: 1,020

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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