99 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Pine Belt; MS total at 1,638, 43 deaths

99 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Pine Belt; MS total at 1,638, 43 deaths
MSDH reported 183 new cases on Sunday and eight new deaths, bringing the state total to 1,638 cases and 43 deaths. (Source: Mississippi State Department of Health)

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports there are now more than 1,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

MSDH reported 183 new cases on Sunday and eight new deaths, bringing the state total to 1,638 cases and 43 deaths.

In the Pine Belt, two coronavirus-related deaths have been reported. State health officials reported on March 28 that a person with coronavirus died in Perry County. Forrest General Hospital reported Wednesday that a patient with coronavirus died.

According to state health officials, a total of 99 confirmed cases have been reported in the Pine Belt with 42 in Forrest County, 14 in Perry County, 13 in Lamar County, 11 in Jones County, seven in Marion County, four in Covington County, five in Wayne County and three in Jasper County.

The MSDH said coronavirus tests are available at locations across the state. Click here to find a testing location near you.

In the Pine Belt, tests are available at Forrest General Hospital, South Central Regional Medical Center Health System, Clinics and South Central Emergency Department, all Community Health Centers in Mississippi and Fast Pace Urgent Care locations in Ellisville, Columbia, Waynesboro and Wiggins.

Health officials said patients must have symptoms of COVID-19, which include a fever of 100.4 and severe cough or chest pain, to be tested. Anyone wanting to be tested should call ahead to make arrangements first.

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