Mississippi COVID-19 cases near 1,000 mark; 20 deaths reported
There were 90 new COVID-19 cases reported in Mississippi on March 30, and four more deaths, bringing the number of confirmed diagnoses to nearly 1,000, according to state health officials.
There are 937 cases in the state as of 6 p.m. Monday, with four new deaths reported — one each in Bolivar, Lafayette, Montgomery and Panola counties.
In South Mississippi, MSDH reports 45 cases of COVID-19 in Harrison County, 40 cases in Jackson County, 30 in Pearl River County, 16 in Hancock County, and 3 in George County.
University of Mississippi Medical Center announced Tuesday that it would conduct a drive-through testing station in Pearl River County on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Highland Community Hospital. The testing is free.
Also, Gov. Tate Reeves issued a shelter-in-place order for Lauderdale County, effective from 10 p.m. Tuesday night until midnight April 14. Lauderdale, which includes Meridian, has 35 cases of COVID-19, but is considered a “hot spot.” The governor also said he does not expect this to be the last such order.
Mississippi COVID-19 Cases to Date
The MSDH recommends the following precautionary measures:
- Avoid social gatherings where 10 people or more would come into close contact.
- Practice social distancing advice below when your 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.