COVID-19 cases in Mississippi top 206,000

COVID-19 cases in Mississippi top 206,000
The Pine Belt recorded its 500th death related to COVID-19 since March. (Source: CDC)

JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports the number of confirmed daily COVID-19 cases in the state has topped 206,000.

MSDH reported 1,565 new COVID-19 cases and 41 additional deaths Sunday.

Four news deaths were reported between Dec. 22-24, while another 37 deaths were discovered during a review of death certificates between Dec. 4-23, including two deaths in each of Lamar and Wayne counties and another in Jones County.

The latest numbers brought the state’s total cases and deaths since March to 206,338 and 4,606.

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, 22,838 COVID-19 cases and 503 deaths have been reported:

  • Covington: 1,765 cases, 66 deaths
  • Forrest: 5,041 cases, 95 deaths
  • Greene: 957 cases, 25 deaths
  • Jasper: 1,319 cases, 25 deaths
  • Jefferson Davis: 738 cases, 22 deaths
  • Jones: 4,979 cases, 96 deaths
  • Lamar: 3,918 cases, 58 deaths
  • Marion: 1,699 cases, 59 deaths
  • Perry: 828 cases, 30 deaths
  • Wayne: 1,594 cases, 27 deaths

MSDH also is reporting 154,669 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, 1,730,435 people have been tested for coronavirus in Mississippi.

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