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COVID-19 update: Virus cases continue upward climb

On Friday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,036 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 and 23 new virus-related deaths.

There were 174 active outbreaks in LTC facilities, one more than the previous day.

Lincoln County had six additional cases reported, but no new deaths. Totals for the county are 796 cases, 41 deaths, 119 cases reported in long term care facilities and 28 deaths from the LTC cases.

MSDH presumes 42,391 persons have recovered from the novel virus. This number is updated weekly.

Thursday, MSDH reported 956 new cases and 21 new deaths, 73 new cases in long term care facilities and 11 new LTC deaths. 

Case totals are updated daily based on test results from the previous day — these include positive test results reported to MSDH by other agencies. Repeated tests for the same individual are counted only once.

For more information or additional MSDH data, visit msdh.ms.gov.

On Thursday, the number of COVID-19-related deaths in the United States reached 161,248. According to the University of California, San Francisco, 159,570 people died of AIDS-related causes in the first 11 years of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., 1981-1991. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 147,959 motor vehicle deaths in the nation 2016-2019.

Statewide orders

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs issued a statewide order for the isolation of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, effective Aug. 4. The order — issued to everyone who lives in Mississippi — stipulates that anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 must immediately self-isolate at home.

Gov. Tate Reeves issued an executive order that includes a statewide mask mandate for all schools, instructing all persons to wear a mask when inside a school building or classroom, or outside on a school campus when social distancing is not possible.

Reeves also issued a statewide mask mandate for all persons to wear a mask when in public, with exceptions — for those under age 6, those who cannot cover their face for medical or behavioral conditions, and for those at religious worship. Persons must wear a mask inside a business, school or any place open to the public. A mask is also required outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Executive Order 1516 went into effect Aug. 5 and will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Aug. 17.