Coronavirus update: Mississippi cases increase 48 percent overnight; here’s where new cases were found

Published 10:04 am Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported Sunday the number of cases of COVID-19 coronavirus had increased approximately 48 percent since Saturday afternoon.

The state reports 207 cases have been identified in Mississippi, that’s up from 140 cases reported Saturday afternoon.

One Mississippian has died as a result of the coronavirus.

Here’s where the new cases in Mississippi were found:

County Cases
Bolivar 1
Chickasaw 1
Coahoma 2
Copiah 2
De Soto 5
Forrest 6
Franklin 1
Grenada 1
Harrison 5
Hinds 6
Holmes 3
Lafayette 3
Lawrence 1
Lee 1
Leflore 1
Lincoln 3
Madison 2
Marshall 1
Montgomery 1
Oktibbeha 2
Panola 1
Pearl River 1
Pike 1
Pontotoc 1
Scott 1
Sunflower 2
Tate 1
Tippah 4
Tunica 1
Walthall 1
Washington 2
Wilkinson 2
Winston 1
Total 67

Numbers are increasing across the South.

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

Alabama: 138 positive cases, 0 deaths.
Arkansas: 118 positive cases.
Florida: 768 positive cases, 13 deaths.
Georgia: 555 positive cases, 20 deaths.
Louisiana: 837 positive cases, 20 deaths.
Mississippi: 140 positive cases, 1 death.
Tennessee: 371 positives cases.
Texas: 304 positive cases, 5 deaths.

Total cases across the South: 3,231

The number of people infected worldwide surpassed the 316,000 mark. Deaths were more than 13,500, but the number of people considered recovered reached more than 94,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The University’s tracking shows approximately 26,747 cases in the U.S., making the U.S. the country with the fourth highest number of cases behind China, Italy and Spain, which reported 81,397, 53,578 and 28,572 respectively.

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