The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and related deaths continues to rise throughout Mississippi, but Stone County continues to have one of the lowest rates in the state and still has no deaths from the virus.

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Monday reported 283 new cases of the novel coronavirus and four new deaths.

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 19,799, with 895 deaths," according to the MSDH statement Monday. "Currently there are 467 Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infection.”

Stone County’s total of reported cases of COVID-19 as of Monday stood at 35 with zero deaths; Harrison County’s is 367 cases with seven deaths; and Pearl River County’s is 223 cases with 31 deaths.

During his daily briefing on Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves also addressed the economic toll COVID-19 has wrought upon the state, and said the economic problems have been compounded by unemployment fraud in the wake of massive layoffs across the state.

The unemployment fraud could have "serious consequences for you and it can have serious consequences for the system,” Reeves said. “Please guard your personal information closely.”

Mississippi Department of Employment Services Director Jackie Turner said during Reeves' address Monday that the state has paid more than a billion dollars in unemployment funds since the beginning of the pandemic.

US Attorney Mike Hurst, also speaking during the conference Monday, said his office will prosecute any unemployment fraud cases "to the fullest extent of the law."

Hurst urged anyone who was a victim of fraud to reach out to local law enforcement authorities.

As of June 14, MSDH estimates that 15,323 Mississippi residents have recovered from COVID-19. 

Also as of June 4, 230,503 Mississippians had been tested for COVID-19.

Anyone with symptoms of fever, severe cough or severe chest pains – especially those who are older or in poor health – should make arrangements for testing with their doctor or one of the many healthcare providers now performing testing,” according to MSDH. “Healthcare providers can assess your health history and symptoms, and perform testing for COVID-19 as needed. MSDH is also helping conduct free drive-up testing sites in many parts of the state. Always call ahead to the testing provider for instructions on safely being examined before you visit for your test.”

Memorial Stone County Medical Center now offers COVID-19 testing in Stone County. Call 228-867–5000 before visiting the clinic to allow the staff to determine the next steps and to prepare for your arrival.

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