The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Friday reported 1,032 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 24 new deaths. 

Eight new cases were reported in Hancock County. 

Hancock County’s total number of cases stands at 180 with 14 COVID-19-related deaths. 

Seven of the confirmed COVID-19 related deaths occurred between May 11 and July 7, identified from death certificate report. The additional deaths were reported in the following counties: Coahoma, Copiah, Holmes, Neshoba, Simpson, Sunflower, Washington. 

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 40,829, with 1,332 deaths.” according to the agency’s statement on Friday. “There are now 140 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff).”

As of July 12, the MSDH estimates that 25,932 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed recovered.

As of July 16, the number of patients hospitalized with confirmed infection is 853; 223 hospitalized with suspected infection; 253 patients in ICU; and 129 patients on ventilators, according to MSDH. 

As of July 16, MSDH has administered a total of 67,355 tests and 318,022 administered by other testing providers, MSDH states. The total number of tests statewide is 385,377. 

“Anyone with symptoms of fever, severe cough or severe chest pains – especially those who are older or in poor health – should make arrangements for testing with their doctor or one of the many healthcare providers now performing testing,” according to MSDH. “Healthcare providers can assess your health history and symptoms, and perform testing for COVID-19 as needed. MSDH is also helping conduct free drive-up testing sites in many parts of the state. Always call ahead to the testing provider for instructions on safely being examined before you visit for your test.”

There are COVID-19 testing sites open in Hancock County.

• Hancock Women’s Center, 1009 Benigno Lane, Bay St. Louis. Walk-ins are welcome, both male and female, with results in 36-14 hours. Open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. For more, please call 228-467-2555 or go to

• Memorial Drinkwater Internal Medicine Walk-In Clinic, 300 Drinkwater Drive, Bay St. Louis, Monday – Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sat & Sun 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Memorial Hancock Family Practice, 4433 Leisure Time Drive, Diamondhead, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. –5 p.m. and Sat & Sun 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Call (228) 867–5000 before visiting a clinic to allow the staff to determine the next steps and to prepare for your arrival.

• Children’s International Medical Group — 467-1320

• Coastal Family Health Center — 228-463-9666.

The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is 877-978-6453 and is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. 

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