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Lafayette County reports two new COVID-19 cases; MSDH reports 209 cases and six deaths

With more tests becoming available and results coming in faster, Mississippi reported more than 200 COVID-19 cases for the second straight day on Friday.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 209 new presumptive cases and six deaths, as of 6 p.m. on Thursday. The statewide total is now 2,469 cases and 82 deaths as of March 11. Mississippi’s mortality rate remains at 3.3 percent.

Lafayette County reported two new cases on Friday after not reporting any on Thursday, bringing its total to 28 cases and one death.

While the majority of the deaths continue to be in adults over the age of 60, five Mississippians under the age of 50 have now died due to COVID-19.

Four counties have now reported at least 100 cases. Hinds County has reported 219 cases while DeSoto County has reported 158 cases, Jackson County has reported 135 and Lauderdale County has reported 118.

Lauderdale and Tippah Counties have reported six deaths. Hancock and Jackson Counties have reported five deaths.

Three new outbreaks in long-term care (LTC) facilities were reported on Friday, bringing that total to 47 reported LTC outbreaks in 32 counties.