COVID-19 update for 8/7/20

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Friday reported 1,036 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 23 new deaths, including another death in Stone County. 

Thirty-four new cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in Stone County since Monday. Stone County now has 186 reported cases of the virus with four deaths, including four cases and two deaths in long-term care facilities.

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases for the year now stands at 65,436 with 1,848 deaths.” according to the agency’s statement on Friday. “There are now 174 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff).”

As of August 2, the MSDH estimates that 42,391 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed recovered.

As of August 5, MSDH has administered a total of 83,996 tests and 498,474 administered by other testing providers, MSDH states. The total number of tests statewide is 498,474. 

“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 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.

The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is the best way to get your questions about COVID-19 answered. Call 877-978-6453 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.