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COVID-19 cases drop throughout Mississippi

The number of new COVID-19 cases has dropped statewide with the daily number falling under the thousand mark.

In Lincoln County, 17 new cases were reported Friday. This brings the total to 954 in the county. There was one new death, bringing the total to 50 for the area.

There were 129 total long-term care facility outbreaks. An outbreak is considered any confirmed COVID-19 case among LTC residents, or more than one case in a 14-day period among staff or employees of a facility.

There were no new long-term care facility deaths, so the total still stands at 30.

Statewide, there were 599 new cases and 14 new deaths. Clarke, Jones, Leflore, Montgomery and Rankin counties each had one new death. Bolivar and Lee counties each had two new deaths.

There were 159 current long-term care facility outbreaks in Mississippi. The total number of cases for Mississippi is 81,294 with 2,413 deaths.

There are 696 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with 230 in intensive care and 125 on ventilators.  According to the Mississippi Department of Health, 62,707 are presumed recovered.

Statewide, 613,143 tests have been conducted for the coronavirus, with 559,410 of those tests for positive infection of the virus, 25,000 for antibodies and 28,733 for antigens. According to MSDH, testing for antigens is another way to identify current COVID-19 infection.

Local testing is available at King’s Daughters Medical Center. The COVID-19 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.

The COVID-19 screening site can be entered at the back of the hospital via Brookman Drive.

This screening is for individuals 12 years of age and up. Call 601-835-9455 to make an appointment.