The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Friday reported 874 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 24 new deaths. Six new cases and one new death were reported in Hancock County. 

Hancock County’s total number of cases stands at 448 with 18 COVID-19-related deaths. 

Deaths reported on Friday were from the following counties: Bolivar (1); Franklin (1); Hancock (1); Harrison (2); Hinds (2); Itawamba (1); Jackson (1); Jones (1); Lee (2); Madison (2); Marshall (1); Pearl River (1); Rankin (1); Simpson (1); Sunflower (1); Tippah (1); Tishomingo (2); Warren (1); Yazoo (1). 

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 76,323 with 2,214 deaths.” according to the agency’s statement on Friday. “There are now 174 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 19, the MSDH reports that 852 Mississippians are hospitalized with confirmed infection; 276 patients in ICU; 173 patients with suspected infection; and 176 patients on ventilators. 

As of August 16, the MSDH estimates that 56,577 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed recovered.

As of August 20, MSDH has administered a total of 93,291 tests and 478,326 administered by other testing providers, MSDH states. The total number of tests statewide is 571,617.

“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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