The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Thursday reported 696 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 10 new deaths. 

Hancock County’s total number of cases stands at 607 with 22 COVID-19-related deaths. 

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 98,886 with 2,979 deaths.” according to the agency’s statement on Thursday. “There are now 121 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff).”

As of September 29, the MSDH reports that 450 Mississippians are hospitalized with confirmed infection; 136 patients in ICU; 106 patients with suspected infection; and 71 patients on ventilators. 

As of September 27, the MSDH estimates that 89,737 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed recovered.

As of September 27, MSDH has administered a total of 110,105 tests and 713,080 administered by other testing providers, MSDH states. The total number of tests statewide is 823,185. This report has changed to a weekly update schedule.

“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.”

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