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MSDH reports a new single-day high of COVID-19 cases; Lafayette County still at 26 cases, 1 death

Mississippi saw a steep drop in presumptive COVID-19 cases between Monday and Tuesday, but Wednesday brought a new single-day high.

For the first time since reporting cases, Mississippi’s single-day total surpassed 200 with 257 cases reported by the MSDH on Thursday. That number, along with nine deaths reported, were as of 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Mississippi now has 2,260 cases and 76 deaths, which is a 3.3 percent mortality rate in the state.

After reporting a new case on Wednesday, Lafayette County reported good news on Thursday with no new cases or deaths. The county’s totals are still 26 cases and one death.

Panola County has reported 21 cases and one death while Pontotoc County has 14 cases and one death. Yalobusha County has reported 11 cases.

The MSDH reported three new outbreaks at long-term care facilities, bringing that total to 44 reported outbreaks in 31 counties. Lauderdale County has a reported three LTC outbreaks while Adams, Bolivar, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Lincoln, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Prentiss and Washington Counties have two reported outbreaks each.