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COVID update: State numbers rise, Lincoln County remains steady

State COVID-19 totals rose Tuesday by 334 cases and five deaths, but Lincoln County’s numbers remained unchanged.

The county has had 3,923 cases of the coronavirus and 110 related fatalities.

MSDH has recorded 311,493 total cases for the state — 190,428 confirmed and 121,065 probable. There have been 7,193 total fatalities related to the novel virus — 4,966 confirmed and 2,227 probable.

Confirmed cases and deaths are generally determined by positive PCR tests, which detect the presence of ongoing coronavirus infection.

Probable cases are those who test positive by other testing methods such as antibody or antigen, and have recent symptoms consistent with COVID-19, indicating a recent infection.

Probable deaths are those individuals with a designation of COVID-19 as a cause of death on the death certificate, but where no confirmatory testing was performed.

For the counties bordering Lincoln County:

  • Amite County reported four additional cases Tuesday. The county now has recorded 1,226 cases and 41 deaths.
  • Copiah County remained steady with 2,954 cases and 65 deaths.
  • Franklin County’s numbers were also unchanged, remaining at 831 cases and 23 deaths.
  • Jefferson County reported one new case, totaling 650 cases and 28 deaths.
  • Lawrence County had no new reports. Totals remain at 1,279 cases and 23 deaths.
  • Pike County had eight new cases — 3,260 cases and 105 deaths.
  • Walthall County reported two new cases, bringing its total to 1,329 cases and 44 deaths.

Counties with the greatest number of positive cases over the course of the pandemic are DeSoto (21,271 cases, 256 deaths — 33 new cases and one new death) and Hinds (20,171 cases — 15 new — and 413 deaths).

Counties with the least number of positive cases are Issaquena (168 cases, six deaths) and Sharkey (501 cases — one new — and 17 deaths). Though Quitman County has had more cases, with 794, it has only recorded 16 deaths and reported no new numbers for Tuesday.

MSDH presumes 300,323 previously infected individuals have recovered from the coronavirus.