COVID-19 Update: Death toll rises in Lincoln County

Published 5:03 pm Friday, April 10, 2020

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported the number of Lincoln County deaths from COVID-19 rose Friday from two to three.

The total number of confirmed cases in Lincoln County rose by nine, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county to 41 as of 6 p.m. Thursday. There are two long-term care facilities in the county with outbreaks. As few as one person in a long-term care facility that has been infected constitutes an outbreak.

Statewide, there were an additional 209 confirmed cases and six deaths, bringing the total statewide numbers to 2,469 cases and 82 deaths.

King’s Daughters Medical Center has sent 382 tests to state labs, and medical staff expects a three to eight day wait for test results. The MSDH notes that people who believe they may have the virus and are waiting for test results must stay isolated in their home.

“Do not go to work or leave home,” the MSDH wrote. “Stay in a specific room at home and avoid contact with other family members as much as possible. These steps are important to prevent the possible spread of the disease.”

The MSDH also advises to use a separate bathroom if available, and other household members should consider staying in a separate location if possible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that if you develop emergency warning signs, including trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or ability to arouse or bluish lips or face, you should seek immediate medical attention.