The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Tuesday reported an additional 730 cases of COVID-19 in the state — including 12 in Hancock County; and 31 deaths, which occurred between Aug. 6 and Oct. 18 and were later identified from death certificate reports..

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases for the year now stands at 111,322, with 3,202 deaths,” according to the agency’s statement on Tuesday.

Hancock County’s total number of cases had risen to 781, with 27 deaths, including 41 cases and six deaths in long-term care facilities.

Harrison County had a total of 4,844 cases — up by 33 from the day before — with two new deaths, as of Tuesday morning, bringing that total for the year to 83. Harrison had 255 cases and 32 deaths in long-term care.

Pearl River County had a total of 1,089 cases with 56 deaths as of Monday, including 94 cases and 22 deaths in long-term care.

Statewide, as of Oct. 18, there were a total of 541 patients in Mississippi hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19; and 112 with suspected coronavirus infections. Of those hospitalized, 151 were in ICU; and 70 were on ventilators.

The MSDH reported that as of Oct. 18, approximately 97,635 Mississippians had recovered from the virus.

As of Oct. 15, a total of 941,532 Mississippi residents had been tested for the virus.

“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.”

There are COVID-19 testing sites open in Hancock County.

• Hancock Women’s Center, 1009 Benigno Lane, Bay St. Louis. Walk-ins are welcome, both male and female, with results in 36-14 hours. For more, please call 228-467-2555 or go to www.hancockwomenscenter.com.

• Memorial Drinkwater Internal Medicine Walk-In Clinic, 300 Drinkwater Drive, Bay St. Louis, Monday – Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

• Memorial Hancock Family Practice, 4433 Leisure Time Drive, Diamondhead, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. –5 p.m. Call (228) 867–5000 before visiting a clinic to allow the staff to determine the next steps and to prepare for your arrival.

The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is 877-978-6453 and is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

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

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