The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Monday reported 1,701 new cases of COVID-19 in the state — including 13 new cases in Hancock County — and 28 deaths.

“Three deaths occurred between Dec. 25 and Dec. 26, and 25 occurred between Nov. 12 and Dec. 20, 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 208,089, with 4,634 deaths.

“Among cases and deaths already reported, MSDH has identified 40 new cases in residents of long-term care facilities, and 15 deaths. There are currently 235 ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.”

MSDH reported 1,365 new cases and 41 deaths statewide on Sunday, including a total of 1,899 cases in Hancock County; and 845 new cases and three deaths on Saturday, including 1,882 total cases in Hancock.

As of Monday morning, Hancock County had a total of 1,912 cases of coronavirus with 53 deaths, including 68 cases and 14 deaths in long-term care facilities.

Also as of Monday, Harrison County had 10,266 cases with 143 deaths, including 462 cases and 53 deaths in long-term care.

Pearl River County had 2,430 total cases with 80 deaths, including 143 cases and 30 deaths in long-term care.

As of Dec. 27, the MSDH estimates that 167,263 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed recovered.

As of Dec. 22, 1,312 Mississippians were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections, including 339 patients in an ICU and 1953 patients on ventilators. There were also 6574 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 Hobbs 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).”

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