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COVID update: Mississippi cases rocket above 1,600

Mississippi’s coronavirus cases rocketed back into four digits Thursday, reaching 1,612 positive COVID-19 tests. Eight deaths were also reported statewide.

Lincoln County’s case total has stretched past the 1,500 mark, with 1,504 cases and 61 deaths. Twenty cases have been reported since Tuesday’s update.

There have been 106,882 confirmed cases of the novel virus in Mississippi and 17,005 probable cases — 123,887 total. More than 3,050 people have died from the virus, and 352 deaths are thought to be connected to the virus — 3,405 deaths total.

Previous daily numbers since Oct. 26 have ranged from 340 to 970.

Testing

Testing is available in Brookhaven 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 and Sunday.

Traffic for this site should enter from Brookman Drive behind the hospital. This screening is for individuals 12 years of age and up. Call 601-835-9455 to make an appointment.

Testing is also available for those without insurance, on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. outside the Lincoln County Health Department, 1212 Northpark Lane NE, Brookhaven. The Mississippi National Guard is in charge of performing these tests. Interested persons should call 601-496-7200 before arriving.

To find more testing facilities in the state, visit HealthyMS.com and click on “Getting Tested” in the blue menu on the left.