The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Monday reported 635 new cases of COVID-19 and one death, including 12 new cases in Hancock County.

“The death occurred Feb. 6,” according to the agency’s statement Monday. “Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases now stands at 282,313, with 6,270 deaths.

“There are currently 143 ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.”

On Sunday, MSDH reported 900 cases with three new deaths; on Saturday, the agency reported 1,036 cases of the virus and 44 deaths.

As of Monday morning, Hancock County had a total of 3,237 cases of coronavirus with 70 deaths. There were 11 new cases reported in Hancock County on Sunday; and six new cases reported on Saturday.

Also as of Monday, Harrison County had 15,747 cases with 244 deaths.

Pearl River County had 3,856 total cases with 117 deaths.

As of Jan. 31, the MSDH estimates that 238,176 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed recovered.

As of Feb. 5, 787 Mississippians were hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections, including 215 patients in an ICU and 55 patients on ventilators. There were also 55 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.”

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