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COVID update: State reports no new virus deaths Monday

No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported Monday by the Mississippi State Department of Health, though the number of new confirmed infections remained above 1,250.

MSDH reported 1,263 new cases, following 1,942 new cases on Saturday and 1,473 Sunday. Forty-five deaths were reported over the weekend. The state has had 166,194 reported cases and 3,961 deaths since the pandemic began.

Lincoln County has had 2,082 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 67 deaths. Ninety-nine cases have been reported in the past week.

Statewide, 1,101 people were hospitalized with confirmed cases as of Monday morning, with 287 in intensive care units.

As of Sunday, King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven had 15 confirmed COVID patients. Seven of the hospital’s eight ICU beds were occupied by adult coronavirus patients.

 

What you can do

MSDH reports that most people spreading the virus do not know they are infected and are likely not showing symptoms.

Be tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or believe you may have been exposed.

Keep groups sizes small and avoid large gatherings, especially indoors. Many cases are now being spread through gatherings in homes without safety precautions.

Social distancing is still critical to stop the spread of COVID-19. Keep plenty of distance between yourself and others.

Wearing a mask or face covering can sharply reduce the risk of passing COVID-19 on to others. Wearing a mask is strong recommended whenever you are in public places with others around you.

 

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. 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. Interested persons should call 601-496-7200 before arriving. Testing is also available this week Wednesday-Friday.

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