The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Thursday reported 982 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 13 new deaths. 

Five new cases were reported in Hancock County. 

Hancock County’s total number of cases stands at 219 with 14 COVID-19-related deaths. 

 “Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 48,053, with 1,436 deaths.” according to the agency’s statement on Wednesday. “There are now 170 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff).”

As of July 19, the MSDH estimates that 30,315 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed recovered.

As of July 21, the number of patients hospitalized with confirmed infection is 942; 223 hospitalized with suspected infection; 293 patients in ICU; and 138 patients on ventilators, according to MSDH. The latest hospitalizations charts will be published later on Thursday, July 23, MSDH states, 

As of July 21, MSDH has administered a total of 72,461 tests and 345,223 administered by other testing providers, MSDH states. The total number of tests statewide is 417,684. 

“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. Open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 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. and Sat & Sun 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Memorial Hancock Family Practice, 4433 Leisure Time Drive, Diamondhead, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. –5 p.m. and Sat & Sun 9 a.m. – 3 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.

• Children’s International Medical Group — 467-1320

• Coastal Family Health Center — 228-463-9666.

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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