The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Monday reported 70 new cases of COVID-19 — including one new case in Hancock County — and no new deaths in the state.

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases now stands at 306,158, with 7,055 deaths,” according to the agency’s statement Monday. “There are currently 15 ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.”

On Sunday, the agency reported 97 new cases statewide and zero deaths. On Saturday, MDSH reported 294 cases and four new deaths.

As of Monday morning, Hancock County had a total of 3,703 cases with 84 deaths, including 69 cases and 14 deaths in long-term care facilities. There were three new cases reported in Hancock on Sunday and four new cases on Saturday.

Also as of Monday, Harrison County had 17,418 cases with 299 deaths, with 485 cases and 68 deaths in long-term care.

Pearl River County had 4,395 total cases with 139 deaths, including 188 cases and 37 deaths in long-term care.

As of March 29, the MSDH estimates that 292,872 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed recovered.

As of April 1, there were 195 Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections, including 63 patients in an ICU and 31 patients on ventilators. There were also 35 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.”

COVID-19 vaccinations for Mississippians are available at no cost from drive-through sites around the state, and from some local hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.

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