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MSDH announces 71 new COVID-19 cases; Lafayette County up to 8

The number of coronavirus cases in Mississippi jumped to a total of 320 on Monday, including three more cases in Lafayette County. 

The Mississippi State Department of Health announced 71 new cases across 58 counties as of 6 p.m. on Monday. The statewide total is now at 320 out of 1,872 people tested.

Hinds County still leads the state in cases, with 31, but nearby DeSoto County is in second, with 29 cases. Harrison County has the third-most cases, with 24. Nearby Pontotoc and Panola counties have 2 reported cases, and Lee County has 12 cases.

Demographic information was also updated, as of 6 p.m. March 23, which showed a change in trends from March 20. The 70-plus age group now has the most cases, at 68, with 40 to 49-year-olds having the second-most cases at 57.

Seventy-one percent of reported cases have not required hospitalization, and 60 percent of reported cases are in female patients.

For a full rundown of available data, visit the MSDH Coronavirus webpage here.