MSDH: Forrest County man is first presumptive coronavirus case in Miss.

The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported the state's first presumptive positive...
The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported the state's first presumptive positive case of coronavirus.(CDC)
Updated: Mar. 11, 2020 at 7:48 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reported Wednesday evening the first “presumptive positive case” of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Mississippi.

The person is a Forrest County man who recently traveled to Florida. Final verification will come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

MSDH said in a statement that the man voluntarily isolated himself in his home after confirmation by the MSDH’s Public Health Laboratory. He was not hospitalized.

According to the CDC, a presumptive positive case is one in which the individual “has at least one respiratory specimen that tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 at a state or local laboratory.”

The department is investigating the case to limit the spread of the virus.

Gov. Tate Reeves is aware and in close contact with MSDH, according to the news release.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs will release more information and guidelines at an 11 a.m. news conference Thursday.

Forrest General Hospital released a statement Wednesday night saying that the man was never a patient of Forrest General and that he is self-isolated at home.

You can read more of the statement below:

“Administration, leadership team members system wide, and the Forrest County Board of Supervisors have been assessing supply and equipment inventory and needs, looking at services such as home health and nursing homes, reviewing possible controlled access plans and many other possible scenarios. Planning and preparedness has been a priority. Forrest Health administration has been continuously meeting with several entities to prepare including state, county and city officials, and local organizations." — Forrest General Hospital

The hospital said a news conference will be held Thursday, though the time and place have not been announced.

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