Mississippi Dept. of Health reports 1,732 new cases of COVID-19, 56 deaths Tuesday morning
(WXXV) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting an additional 1,732 cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and 56 deaths as of Tuesday morning.
42 deaths occurred between November 24 and December 7, and 14 occurred between November 8 and December 2, identified from death certificate reports.
11 of the new deaths reported occurred in South Mississippi — 1 in George County, 2 in Hancock County, 1 in Harrison County, 6 in Jackson County and 1 in Pearl River County.
In the southernmost six counties of Mississippi, the numbers of COVID-19 cases were as follows:
- George — 1,421 (19 new)
- Hancock — 1,388 (23 new)
- Harrison — 8,039 (154 new)
- Jackson — 6,976 (78 new)
- Pearl River — 1,772 (26 new)
- Stone — 895 (9 new)
Mississippi’s total of COVID-19 cases for the year now stands at 167,926, with 4,017 deaths.
Among cases and deaths already reported, MSDH has identified 35 new cases in residents of long-term care facilities, and 13 deaths. There are currently 206 ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.
136,627 people in Mississippi are presumed to have recovered from COVID-19.
MSDH said in a post to Facebook, “Social gatherings at home and away from home are rapidly driving Mississippi’s COVID-19 cases upward. The State Health Officer advises all residents of Mississippi to avoid any social gathering that includes individuals outside of the immediate family or household, except for work, school or other absolutely essential activities in order to relieve the pressure on hospitals and save lives.”