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COVID-19 update: Confirmed virus cases, deaths still on the rise

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises slowly in Lincoln County but is jumping quickly statewide.

On Tuesday, the Mississippi Department of Health reported 1,342 new positive COVID-19 cases across the state. There were 42 new deaths.

The following counties each had one new death: Forrest, Harrison, Jasper, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lee, Lowndes, Neshoba, Panola, Pearl River, Pike, Scott, Stone and Washington. Jackson, Monroe, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo counties each had two new deaths.

Tallahatchie County had three new deaths and Hinds County had 11 new deaths. Forrest and Lee counties each had two confirmed COVID-19 deaths that occurred between June 3 and July 27 added to their numbers after death certificate reports were identified.

MSDH reported 192 current outbreaks in long-term care facilities. One or more cases among staff or residents are considered an outbreak.

Statewide, there are 54,299 total cases, with 1,543 deaths. There are 35,071 presumed to have recovered from the virus.

A total of 448,475 tests have been conducted, with 432,422 being for detecting COVID-19 infection and 16,053 for antibodies.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have been slowly increasing in Mississippi. There are 969 individuals being hospitalized with the coronavirus, with 288 in intensive care and 169 on ventilators.

In Lincoln County, there are 688 cases. This is an increase of 39 cases since last reported Friday.

There have been no additional deaths; the count still stands for 38 for the county.

There are 115 long-term care facility outbreaks, with 27 deaths.

Lincoln County does not currently have a mask ordinance, nor any other COVID-19 related ordinances. There are 29 counties in Mississippi that have been identified as high-risk regions to contract COVID-19. Those near Lincoln County are Hinds, Rankin, Simpson and Walthall counties.

Testing is still available at King’s Daughters Medical Center. The COVID Screening site is located behind the Emergency Room and will be open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. This screening is for individuals 12 years of age and up. Traffic for this site should enter from Brookman Drive behind the hospital. Signs will be visible to help direct you to the screening site. Call 601-835-9455 to set up an appointment.