Mississippi coronavirus cases still on rise, state reports, more counties under face mask orders
Mississippi continued to hover at a nearly two-month high rate Monday for the pace of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases as the state released its latest statistics.
The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 675 new cases on Monday, bringing the total cases since the pandemic began in March to 115,763.
The state did not report case numbers on Sunday, so Monday’s release contained two days worth of cases.
Of the 675 cases reported Monday, 228 were reported Saturday and 447 on Sunday.
Approximately 10,500 new cases were discovered across the state in the last 14 days. The last time the state saw that pace of new cases was at the end of August.
Of the total cases, the state believes approximately 101,385 have recovered.
Gov. Tate Reeves added seven more counties to his order requiring face masks including: Harrison, Madison, Marshall, Jones, Carroll, Leake and Benton counties.
Reeves lifted a statewide face mask mandate on October 1, but last week added nine counties to a new face mask requirement. Those were:
The state reported eight new deaths Monday, all of which occurred between August 29 and October 6. A total of 3,263 people have died from the virus, the state reported.
The 7-day, daily average of new cases increased to 739 with Monday’s update.
The 14-day, daily average dipped to 753 cases per day. It was the highest 14-day average since the end of August.
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