Mississippi COVID-19 cases skyrocket; Three more deaths reported

Published 10:30 am Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 108 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday morning, bringing Lafayette County’s total up to 10 cases.

Three additional deaths were reported over the course of the day Wednesday.

The first case reported Wednesday was a male between the ages of 65 and 70 years old from Webster County, with underlying health conditions. He died while hospitalized. The second and third deaths reported were a Wilkinson County male between 85 and 90 years old with underlying conditions who died while hospitalized, and a Tunica County female between 75 and 80, who died in a long-term care facility.

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Statewide, 485 total cases were reported by MSDH as of 10 a.m. Thursday, up from 377 cases reported Wednesday. The total number of people tested is 2,776, according to MSDH.

DeSoto County cases rose to 49, and Hinds County cases rose to 43. Harrison County has the third-highest number of cases, with 31. Yalobusha County is also now on the list, with three coronavirus cases as of Wednesday.

Out of Mississippi’s 82 counties, only 19 have not reported cases, which means almost 80 percent of the state has been hit by coronavirus.

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