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MSDH announces second COVID-19 Death; 57 more cases statewide

Mississippi has suffered its second death due to complications from the novel coronavirus, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The individual was identified in a press release from MSDH as a male between age 60 and 65 from Holmes County, who had underlying health conditions. The man died while hospitalized.

“We knew that more deaths would be inevitable, just as we expect numerous new cases. It is a very sad update to report, regardless,” said MSDH State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH. “Please do your part by practicing all preventive measures. It is vitally important that we all do what we can right now to help slow the spread of this virus.”

No new cases were reported for Lafayette County, which so far is holding steady at eight. Statewide, 377 cases were reported out of 1,943 people tested.

Hinds County cases rose to 38, and DeSoto County cases rose to 36. Harrison County cases rose by one to 25 total cases. Nearby Yalobusha County is still reporting zero cases.

To view the complete rundown of available data, visit the MSDH COVID-19 webpage here.