First coronavirus death in Mississippi

Published 4:16 pm Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported the first death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mississippi Thursday afternoon.

MSDH reports the case was a male 60-65 years old from Hancock County with chronic underlying conditions. He died in a Louisiana hospital.

“As the coronavirus outbreak began claiming lives across the world, we knew this would eventually hit Mississippi. But that doesn’t make it any easier for Mississippi to lose one of our own. Elee and I are praying for all their loved ones and their community as we all deal with this tragic loss,” said Governor Tate Reeves.

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Currently, Mississippi has reported 50 positive cases. A total of 602 have been tested by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory and private laboratories.