From speciall reports

Kemper County’s number of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by eight in the past week.

As of Monday, the Mississippi Department of Health reported that there are 278 cases in Kemper. The number of deaths from the dread disease stands at 15.

The state has seen a continued increase in infections and deaths. As of Monday, there are 87,130 infections, an increase of 4,180 since last week. There have been 112 additional deaths statewide since last week. That means 2,585 people have died from COVID-19 in Mississippi.

People at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are adults 65 and over, those who are obese, those with a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease, and anyone receiving treatments which may compromise their immune system. These people should take precautions at all times to limit their exposure to others who may be ill.

Stay home as much as possible

If a household member has been away from home in a public place, keep a safe distance (6 feet or more) from them for 14 days. Keep more space (6 feet if possible) between you and others as you go through the day.

If you do go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, and practice strong social distancing. Pay closer attention to hygiene and cleanliness.

Wash your hands often, especially after being in public places.

Health Department updates

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health continue to closely monitor the outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by the novel (new) coronavirus COVID-19, and are working to limit the spread of cases nationally and in Mississippi. MSDH is actively working with doctors and hospitals to quickly identify cases and respond effectively to limit this outbreak.

About our case counts: The health department currently updates its case totals each day based on test results from the previous day. Outside laboratories also report positive test results to us, which are included in our totals. Repeated tests for the same individual are counted only once. County case numbers and deaths may change as investigation finds new or additional information.