Mississippi coronavirus cases, deaths rise (again); numbers climb across South

Published 10:16 am Friday, March 27, 2020

Mississippi State Department of Health officials reported Friday morning another 94 positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the state. The death toll from the virus that’s causing a global pandemic has risen to 8 in Mississippi.

The state reported Mississippi has 579 positive cases through yesterday afternoon.

Here’s a breakdown, by state, from Friday morning (note some states have not updated their numbers since yesterday):

Alabama: 540 positive cases, 3 deaths.
Arkansas: 351 positive cases, 3 deaths.
Florida: 2,352 positive cases, 29 deaths.
Georgia: 1,643 positive cases, 56 deaths.
Louisiana: 2,305 positive cases, 83 deaths.
Mississippi: 579 positive cases, 8 deaths.
Tennessee: 957 positives cases, 3 deaths.
Texas: 1,396 positive cases, 18 deaths.

Total cases across the Deep South: 10,123

The number of people infected worldwide surpassed the 550,000 mark. Deaths were more than 25,000, but the number of people considered recovered reached more than 126,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The University’s tracking shows approximately 86,000 cases in the U.S., making the U.S. the country with the highest number of cases in the world.

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