Health officials report 8 deaths in Mississippi from COVID-19

On Friday morning, the Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 94 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, identified by testing from the state Public Health Laboratory and private testing providers.

Two new deaths have also been confirmed, bringing the total to eight. New counties reporting cases are Jefferson, Kemper, Neshoba, and Sharkey. The state total of cases now stands at 579. We are also now charting hospitalizations by age, which shows how serious the risk of severe illness is for those over 60.

As of 6 p.m. on Thursday, in South Mississippi, MSDH reported 18 cases in Pearl River County, 34 cases in Harrison County, 24 cases in Jackson County, 9 cases in Hancock County and 1 in George County.

Deaths have been reported to the state as follows: 1 in Harrison, 1 in Hancock, 1 in Holmes, 1 in Rankin, 1 in Tippah, 1 in Tunica, 1 in Webster and 1 in Wilkinson counties.

More details of COVID-19 in the state, along with preventive steps to take against COVID-19, are online at

The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is the best way to get your questions about COVID-19 answered. Call any time: 877-978-6453.

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