Mississippi health officials report 264 new cases of COVID-19; statewide total up to 3,624

(WXXV) — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting 267 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 3,624.

MSDH is also confirming 7 new deaths as a result of the novel coronavirus. The death toll in the Magnolia State now stands at 129.

In South Mississippi, MSDH reports 134 cases of COVID-19 in Harrison County, 189 cases in Jackson County, 112 in Pearl River County, 50 in Hancock County, 8 in George County, and 16 in Stone.

Jackson County has the third-highest reported number of confirmed cases in the state, behind Hinds (301) and DeSoto (211).

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 Monday evening, there were 60 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 2 and Pearl River has 2.

County Cases Deaths Long-Term
Care Facilities
with Outbreaks
Adams 70 4 2
Alcorn 7
Amite 16 1
Attala 28
Benton 5
Bolivar 74 5 4
Calhoun 30 2 1
Carroll 9 1
Chickasaw 37 2 1
Choctaw 11 1
Claiborne 8
Clarke 20 1 2
Clay 21
Coahoma 45 1
Copiah 39 1
Covington 19
Desoto 211 3 1
Forrest 134 2 2
Franklin 14
George 8
Greene 3
Grenada 14 1
Hancock 50 5 2
Harrison 134 5 2
Hinds 301 4 5
Holmes 53 3
Humphreys 12 3 1
Itawamba 13 1
Jackson 189 5 2
Jasper 19
Jefferson 4 1
Jefferson Davis 7 1
Jones 48 3
Kemper 16
Lafayette 39 2
Lamar 56 1
Lauderdale 174 12 6
Lawrence 10
Leake 50 1
Lee 48 4
Leflore 62 6 1
Lincoln 86 6 2
Lowndes 30 1
Madison 116 3 3
Marion 35 1
Marshall 37 2
Monroe 54 3 2
Montgomery 15 1
Neshoba 39 1
Newton 16 1
Noxubee 18
Oktibbeha 42 1 2
Panola 27 2
Pearl River 112 8 2
Perry 20 1
Pike 82 2 2
Pontotoc 16 2
Prentiss 15 1
Quitman 13
Rankin 122 2 1
Scott 100 1
Sharkey 3
Simpson 13 1
Smith 37 1 1
Stone 16
Sunflower 43 2
Tallahatchie 7
Tate 27
Tippah 45 6 1
Tishomingo 2
Tunica 26 1 1
Union 9 1 1
Walthall 22
Warren 16 1
Washington 67 2 2
Wayne 10
Webster 15 1
Wilkinson 53 3 1
Winston 24
Yalobusha 14
Yazoo 72 1
Total 3,624 129 65

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 12, 2020.

Total individuals tested by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory 9,412
Total individuals tested by other providers 28,321
Total individuals tested for COVID-19 statewide 37,733

MSDH Testing Summary

MSDH Public Health Laboratory (MPHL) testing totals as of 6 p.m., April 15, 2020. These totals are for tests performed at the MPHL only.

  • Total individuals tested by the MPHL: 10,068
  • Total positive individuals from MPHL tests: 1,127

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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