The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Monday reported 1,616 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 13 deaths, including 30 new cases in Hancock County.

“Three deaths occurred between Dec. 30 and Jan. 2, and 10 occurred between Dec. 6 and Dec. 28, identified from death certificate reports,” according to the agency’s statement Monday. “Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases for the year now stands at 223,677, with 4,884 deaths.

“Among cases and deaths already reported, MSDH has identified 29 new cases in residents of long-term care facilities, and 8 deaths. There are currently 235 ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.”

MSDH reported 1,784 new cases and 32 new deaths on Sunday, including 14 new cases in Hancock; 1,891 cases and 24 deaths statewide on Saturday, including 20 new cases in Hancock; and 2,575 cases and 29 deaths statewide on Friday, including 41 new cases in Hancock County.

As of Monday morning, Hancock County had a total of 2,138 cases of coronavirus with 55 deaths, including 70 cases and 14 deaths in long-term care facilities.

Also as of Monday, Harrison County had 11,228 cases with 160 deaths, including 470 cases and 57 deaths in long-term care.

Pearl River County had 2,733 total cases with 83 deaths, including 155 cases and 31 deaths in long-term care.

As of Jan. 3, the MSDH estimates that 182,103 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed recovered.

As of Dec. 30, 1,383 Mississippians were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections, including 348 patients in an ICU and 219 patients on ventilators. There were also 73 patients hospitalized with suspected COVID infections.

“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.”

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs is still recommending that Mississippi residents curtail social gatherings as much as possible.

“Due to rapidly rising COVID-19 cases, all residents of Mississippi should avoid any social gathering that includes individuals outside of the immediate family or household,” Dobbs said. “MSDH recommends that Mississippians only participate in work, school or other absolutely essential activities, and avoid gatherings such as social events, sporting events, in-person church services, and weddings and funerals unless they involve only close family (preferably outdoors).”

Additionally, according to MSDH, “Home isolation is mandatory if you have tested positive for COVID-19 by order of the State Health Officer. (If you are awaiting results of routine testing not related to exposure, you may return to work and follow the safety guidance of your employer.)

“Quarantine is mandatory for household members of someone who has COVID-19. Home quarantine permits working under certain circumstances.”

For more information, visit www.msdh.ms.gov.

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