Coronavirus update: Number of cases jumps in Mississippi overnight; Here’s where it’s been found.

Published 9:43 am Thursday, March 19, 2020

Here’s an update on the number of positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus as reported by state health departments across the South.

Mississippi’s cases grew by 16 or an increase of 47%.

Alabama’s number increased by 17 cases overnight.

Louisiana reported a total of 347 cases Thursday morning, up 67 more cases overnight. The state now reports 8 deaths attributed to the virus.

Florida’s positive cases jumped by 61 to a total of 360.

Here are the latest reports from Mississippi by county:

New cases reported March 19, 2020

County Cases
DeSoto 1
Forrest 1
Harrison 3
Holmes 1
Jackson 1
Jones 1
Pearl River 3
Smith 1
Walthall 1
Wilkinson 1
Winston 1
Yazoo 1
Total 16

Here are all the positive cases in Mississippi found so far:

All Mississippi cases to date

County Cases
Bolivar 2
Coahoma 2
Copiah 2
DeSoto 2
Forrest 4
Hancock 2
Harrison 7
Hinds 6
Holmes 1
Jackson 2
Jones 1
Leflore 4
Madison 1
Monroe 1
Pearl River 7
Perry 1
Smith 1
Walthall 1
Wilkinson 1
Winston 1
Yazoo 1
Total 50

Here’s a breakdown, by state, from Thursday morning:

Alabama: 68 positive cases, 0 deaths.
Arkansas: 37 positive cases, 0 deaths.
Florida: 360 positive cases, 8 deaths.
Georgia: 197 positive cases, 1 death.
Louisiana: 347 positive cases, 8 deaths.
Mississippi: 34 positive cases, no deaths.
Tennessee: 98 positives cases, no deaths.
Texas: 83 positive cases, 2 deaths.

The number of people infected worldwide surpassed the 222,000 mark. Deaths topped 9,100, but the number of people considered recovered reached over 84,500, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The University’s tracking shows approximately 9,400 cases in the U.S.

Everyone is warned to take the necessary precautions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe and healthy.

These precautions include:

  • Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and frequently
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with your arm
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoiding close contact with others
  • And staying home if you are sick