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Lincoln County COVID-19 update: New totals: 29 deaths, 270 cases

As of Tuesday afternoon, 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been recorded for Lincoln County. That’s 20 more cases since Friday.

Two more deaths were reported in that time, also, bringing the county’s total to 29. Confirmed cases for long-term care facilities totaled 86 — showing no change over the past few days — with 22 total deaths.

Across the Magnolia State, there have been an additional 1,130 confirmed and probable cases and 57 deaths recorded by the Mississippi State Department of Health, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 16,020, with 1,935 being in long-term care facilities. Mississippi has had 767 deaths from the disease since the outbreaks began.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs III cautions people against thinking the virus is gone or no longer a threat.

“We’re working on (an investigation into) a card game where people were playing together and almost all of them caught it,” Dobbs said Monday. “Don’t go to a social gathering where you can infect your friends, your family. Please be cautious.”

He did not say where the game took place.

As of Sunday, MSDH estimates that 11,203 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered. These estimates count people who have tested positive for COVID-19 after 14 days without hospitalization or 21 days with hospitalization.

As of Monday, 33,673 PCR tests had been performed by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory. PCR testing detects current, active COVID-19 infection in individuals. Of the tests performed at MPHL — not including off-site testing — 2,833 individuals have tested positive for the coronavirus from 31,806 tests.

Other health providers in the state had performed 145,715 PCR tests and 7,882 antibody tests. Antibody or serology testing identifies individuals who have had a past COVID-19 infection, based on antibodies they develop one to three weeks after infection.

Both MSDH and KDMC are offering 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.

Copiah County has had 315 confirmed cases since March 11 and four deaths. Lawrence County has had 105 cases and one death in a long-term care facility. Franklin County has had 29 cases and two deaths. Three of those cases — including one death — were in long-term care facilities.

Pike County has had 204 cases — 15 in long-term care facilities — and 11 deaths, six of which were in LTC facilities. Walthall County has reported 61 cases and no deaths from the virus.

Jefferson County has had 43 cases and one death reported. Amite County has had 12 deaths from 64 confirmed cases, one death from 12 LTC facility cases reported.

Hinds County has the most confirmed cases of the virus at 1,035 but has reported only 26 virus-related deaths. Eighty-two of the cases were in LTC facilities and 13 of those individuals died from COVID-19-related causes.

Other counties with more than 500 confirmed cases are: DeSoto, 553 cases, eight deaths; Forrest, 594 cases, 39 deaths; Scott, 661 cases, 12 deaths; Jones, 663 cases, 31 deaths; Neshoba, 707 cases, 42 deaths; Madison, 745 cases, 25 deaths; and Lauderdale, 745 cases, 68 deaths.

Lauderdale remains the county with the highest number of deaths in a single county, 68, and the most cases and deaths in LTC facilities — 200 and 45, respectively.