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MSDH reports 874 new cases Friday

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 874 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 new deaths Friday.

Lincoln County had 913 total cases and 46 deaths Friday — 34 new cases and one new death since Monday.

The state’s total positive cases of the virus are now 76,323, with 2,214 COVID-19-related deaths. Deaths are reported to MSDH from hospitals, medical examiners and coroners.

MSDH reported 1,348 new cases and 36 new deaths Wednesday, and 894 new cases and 27 new deaths Thursday.

There are 56,577 persons presumed to have recovered from the virus.

As of Thursday — the most recent data — 56.9% of virus cases in the state have been in females, with 42.5% in males and 0.5% “unknown.” Fifty-two percent of total cases have been in Black people, 40.2% in white people, 4.8% in Hispanics/Latinos, 1% in Native Americans or Native Alaskans, 0.4% in Asian ethnicities and 1.7% “other.”

In persons age birth to 17 — 7,939 cases — infants under the age of 1 year have accounted for 593 cases, while 4,306 cases have been in pre-teens and teenagers, ages 11-17.

The majority of hospitalized cases have been people age 60-79, making up 2,227 — or 43.4% — of the total 5,127 people hospitalized with COVID-19, either confirmed or suspected.

Social distancing is still critical to stop the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask or face covering can sharply reduce the risk of passing the virus on to others. Most people spreading COVID-19 do not yet know they are infected, according to data from MSDH.