Lafayette County reports three new COVID-19 cases; MSDH reports 264 new cases statewide

Published 11:40 am Thursday, April 16, 2020

Lafayette County continues to report new COVID-19 cases, while Mississippi reported more than 260 for the second straight day.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 264 new presumptive COVID-19 cases and seven new deaths on Thursday. The state has now reported 3,624 cases and 129 deaths since March 11.

For the second straight day, Lafayette County reported three new cases, bringing its total to 39 cases and two deaths since March 19.

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Oxford’s Board of Aldermen approved to extend the city’s shelter-in-place order through April 30 during a special meeting on Thursday. The statewide shelter-in-place order is set to expire at 8 a.m. on April 20. Governor Tate Reeves is expected to make an announcement regarding the order on Friday morning.

Panola County has reported 27 cases and two deaths, while neighboring Pontotoc County has reported 16 cases and two deaths and Yalobusha County has reported 14 cases as of Wednesday night.

MSDH announced there will be free drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites for those with qualifying symptoms in Marks and on the Jackson State University Campus this weekend.