Pine Belt COVID-19 cases top 20,000

Pine Belt COVID-19 cases top 20,000
New COVID-19 cases in Mississippi rise by another 1,500. (Source: CDC)

JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Pine Belt has surpassed 20,000.

MSDH reported 1,500 new COVID-19 cases and 19 additional deaths Saturday, including eight between Dec. 10-12 and another 11 discovered through a screening of death certificates from Nov. 7 through Dec. 6.

One new death was reported in Greene County, while one in Jefferson Davis County and another in Lamar County were discovered during the review of death certificates.

The latest numbers brought the state’s total cases and deaths since March to 179,447 and 4,199

Positive test results may have been made during the past several days and represent individuals who became ill a week ago or more.

In the 10 Pine Belt counties, 20,014 COVID-19 cases and 471 deaths have been reported:

  • Covington: 1,569 cases, 61 deaths
  • Forrest: 4,466 cases, 92 deaths
  • Greene: 862 cases, 25 deaths
  • Jasper: 1,037 cases, 24 deaths
  • Jefferson Davis: 659 cases, 20 deaths
  • Jones: 4,337 cases, 91 deaths
  • Lamar: 3,447 cases, 52 deaths
  • Marion: 1,457 cases, 54 deaths
  • Perry: 744 cases, 27 deaths
  • Wayne: 1,436 cases, 25 deaths

MSDH also is reporting 136,627 Mississippians are presumed to have recovered from the coronavirus.

Use the interactive map below to see a county-by-county breakdown of COVID-19 cases.

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 the following locations:

  • SeMRHI – Beaumont Family Health Center in Beaumont
  • SeMRHI – Brooklyn Family Health Center in Brooklyn
  • Covington County Hospital in Collins
  • Pioneer Healthcare, LLC in Collins, Columbia, Hattiesburg and Laurel
  • Fast Pace Health Urgent Care in Ellisville, Columbia, Waynesboro and Wiggins
  • Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg
  • Cough & Fever Clinic (a service of Forrest General and Hattiesburg Clinic) in Hattiesburg
  • Gentle Touch Home Care in Hattiesburg
  • Maxem Health Urgent Care Hattiesburg
  • SeMRHI – Minor Care Clinic in Hattiesburg
  • Southeast MS Rural Health Initiative in Hattiesburg
  • South Central Emergency Department in Laurel
  • East Jones Family Medicine in Laurel
  • Family Health Center in Laurel
  • SeMRHI – Lumberton Family Health Center in Lumberton
  • SeMRHI – New Augusta Family Health Center in New Augusta
  • Maxem Health Urgent Care Petal
  • SeMRHI – Seminary Family Health Center in Seminary
  • Coastal Family Health Center in State Line
  • SeMRHI – Sumrall Family Health Center in Sumrall
  • Arthur E Wood Medical Clinic in Waynesboro

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.

To date, 1,490,817 people have been tested for coronavirus in Mississippi.

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