The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Wednesday reported 781 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 33 new deaths. 

One new case was reported in Hancock County. 

Twelve of the confirmed COVID-19 related deaths, identified from death certificate reports, occurred between August 10 and August 27.

Hancock County’s total number of cases stands at 502 with 20 COVID-19-related deaths. 

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 84,365 with 2,526 deaths.” according to the agency’s statement on Wednesday. “There are now 158 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff).”

As of August 31, the MSDH reports that 663 Mississippians are hospitalized with confirmed infection; 196 patients in ICU; 135 patients with suspected infection; and 117 patients on ventilators. 

As of August 30, the MSDH estimates that 67,918 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed recovered.

As of September 1, MSDH has administered a total of 100,361 tests and 535,549 administered by other testing providers, MSDH states. The total number of tests statewide is 635,910.

“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

• 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. 

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