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Lincoln County COVID-19 Update: Cases keep up slow climb

Two additional COVID-19-related deaths have been recorded for Lincoln County since Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths for the county to 21.

An additional 17 cases have been confirmed among county residents, bringing the total to 248 cases as of Monday, according to data published by the Mississippi State Health Department. Of those, 81 cases and 16 deaths have been among staff and residents of long-term care facilities.

In the state, an additional 1,107 cases and 56 deaths have been recorded by the MSDH, bringing the statewide totals to 13,731 cases and 652 deaths. Of those, 1,727 cases and 332 deaths have been from long-term care facilities.

As of Sunday, MSDH estimates that 9,401 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered from the coronavirus. These estimates count people who have tested positive for COVID-19 after 14 days without hospitalization or 21 days with hospitalization.

As of Monday, an additional 16,651 people have been tested for the disease statewide, bringing the total number of people tested in the state to 154,624. Of those, King’s Daughters Medical Center has submitted 1,267 tests, and 181 have returned positive.

According to MSDH data, numbers reported by hospitals in the state have varied little over the past three weeks. From May 5 through May 25, reserving room for incomplete data, MSDH reports the number of hospitalized patients statewide with confirmed COVID-19 infections averaged 427 daily, with a high of 462 on May 20 and a low point of 369 May 23. Daily counts for patients with suspected infections ranged from 151 to 213. Hospitals averaged 148 patients in intensive care units daily, and 80 on ventilators.

By age group, the majority of coronavirus-related deaths in Mississippi occurred in persons ages 60 and above (570 cases), versus 82 deaths in ages 59 and below. Only two deaths are noted to have had no other underlying medical conditions that may have contributed to their deaths.

Both MSDH and KDMC offer testing. Those receiving testing through the MSDH must complete pre-screening through a smartphone app or by phone. More information can be found at http://healthyms.com/covid19test. Mississippi also has a COVID-19 hotline available seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. at 877-978-6453.

People who want to receive tests from KDMC are advised to call 601-835-9455 before visiting. The screening site can be found by following the signs on Brookman Drive behind the hospital.