Coronavirus cases confirmed on the Coast

Coronavirus cases have jumped in the state of Mississippi, rising to 21 on Tuesday, with cases reported in all three coastal counties, according to the state department of health.

Two confirmed cases of the virus were announced this morning by Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. One of the individuals is a Harrison County resident, while the other lives in Jackson County.

The individuals were screened for symptoms at two Memorial Physician clinics, but were not hospitalized or inpatients at any Memorial campus and are recovering under self-quarantine at their homes.

Hospital officials say they are following CDC and state health guidelines around their facilities. Vice President of Clinic Operations Matt Walker said, “There’s a good bit of communication. It’s a bit of a fluid process currently, but we are monitoring patients for signs and symptoms and we are directing them appropriately.”

Infectious Disease Physician Dr. Nicholas Conger said, “The public should understand that we’re exponentially increasing the number of tests we’re sending. So, as we do that we will see an exponential increase in the number of cases identified. It will take some time to sort out whether that means it is spreading rapidly in our community or if we’re just doing a better job of identifying those cases that are already out there.”

As of now, Memorial says you can go to any of their walk-in clinics for screenings if you experience Coronavirus symptoms.

They’ve also set up a hotline number, 867-5000, which is active Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to answer any Coronavirus questions.

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