Mississippi coronavirus cases still rising; five more deaths reported; county by county test results
Published 11:15 am Saturday, March 28, 2020
Mississippi State Department of Health officials reported Saturday that the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread across the state and the state death toll keeps rising.
The state released data updated through Friday evening that showed another 84 cases of the virus had been found, bringing the total cases to 663.
The death toll rose by 5 people since the state’s last update. In total 13 people in Mississippi have now died as a result of the virus.
Here’s a county by county update on where the virus has been located in Mississippi:
A number of physicians around the state have cautioned the public that the actual numbers are likely much higher because state testing resources were slow to develop.
And while total cases found so far tend to be higher in areas of the state with the greatest population, the highest infection rates seem to be in smaller, more rural areas of the state.
On Friday, the state’s biggest hospital, the University of Mississippi Medical Center announced it would begin testing in-house, which should quickly increase the number of tests completed each day.