271 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths reported in Miss. Thurs.

271 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths reported in Miss. Thurs.
In the eight Pine Belt counties, 33,019 COVID-19 cases and 673 deaths have been reported. (Source: MSDH)

JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) - The Mississippi State Department of Health reports the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state has risen to 305,400.

MSDH reported 271 COVID-19 cases and 16 additional deaths on Thursday, bringing the state total to 305,417 cases and 7,048 deaths.

One death was reported from the Pine Belt as it came from Forrest County. Another death was reported from Jones County that happened between Jun. 7, 2020, and March 20, 2021.

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 eight Pine Belt counties, 33,019 COVID-19 cases and 673 deaths have been reported:

  • Covington: 2,533 cases, 80 deaths
  • Forrest: 7,489 cases, 145 deaths
  • Jasper: 2,192 cases, 47 deaths
  • Jones: 8,250 cases, 159 deaths
  • Lamar: 6,058 cases, 84 deaths
  • Marion: 2,643 cases, 79 deaths
  • Perry: 1,246 cases, 38 deaths
  • Wayne: 2,608 cases, 41 deaths

MSDH also is reporting over 292,872 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.

According to MSDH, more than 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given statewide with more than 482,700 people being fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations are currently being offered to the following:

  • Teachers, staff and employees in K-12, preschool or childcare settings
  • First responders: Law enforcement, public safety, fire services and emergency management officials
  • Adults aged 50 and older
  • Anyone 16 to 49-years-old with a chronic health condition that may put them at higher risk from COVID-19
  • Health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities

Click here to schedule a vaccination appointment.

Coronavirus tests are available at locations across the state. Click here to find a testing location near you.

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, more than 2.6 million people have been tested for coronavirus in Mississippi.

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