The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Sunday morning that they had 67 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 207 cases.


The death toll in the state remains one, a Hancock County resident and the state’s first COVID-19 related death reported on Friday. Health officials have said the person had additional underlying health issues.


Neither Neshoba nor Kemper Counties have reported any confirmed cases as of the number released by MSDH on Sunday morning.

The report included two new confirmed cases in Madison County. Forest and Hinds reported the most new cases with six new cases a piece.


MDH had not updated its total number of individuals tested, but had tested 775 Mississippians as of Friday.


According to the information published Sunday morning, the majority of cases - 67 percent - had either recovered or were attempting to do so at home in isolation and had not required hospitalization.

Just 24 percent of the 207 patients with confirmed cases had required hospitalization. 


According to the latest numbers, age doesn’t appear to be playing a role in the spread of the disease. As of Friday, there were 24 confirmed cases in individuals in the 18-29 age range, 27 in the 40-49 age range and 26 in both the 60-69 range and 70-plus demographic.


MSDH numbers show that the confirmed cases are overwhelmingly female with 66 percent of reported cases in the state being females and 34 percent male.


Mississippi remains on a partial lockdown, with schools and other public entities temporarily shuttered until at least April 17. Restaurants and bars were advised late last week to forego dining room service for to-go or curbside service.


Next week, MSDH has said that they will be setting up six drive-up testing sites across the state with assistance from the National Guard and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. 


The sites are aimed at those with COVID-19 symptoms such as fever of 100.4 or greater and severe cough or chest pain. 

They will be checking temperatures and getting samples to the state Public Health Lab for testing as part of a larger effort to get wide-scale COVID-19 testing under way for those who need it most.


The state has rolled out a Coronavirus Hotline, which is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week at (877) 978-6453.


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