The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Friday reported 1,116 new cases of COVID-19 in the state — including 17 in Hancock County — and nine new deaths, which occurred between Oct. 3-15. A death previously reported in Adams County was removed pending further investigation.

“Mississippi’s total of COVID-19 cases for the year now stands at 109,255, with 3,160 deaths,” according to the agency’s statement on Friday.

The state reported 1,322 cases and 12 new deaths on Thursday.

As of Friday, 739 cases of the virus and 27 deaths had been reported in Hancock County since the beginning of the pandemic, including 35 cases and six deaths in long-term care facilities.

Also as of Friday, Harrison County had a total of 4,713 cases with 81 deaths, including 255 cases and 32 deaths in long-term care. Harrison County is listed as one of the state’s “high incidence” counties, experiencing 154 new cases in the one-week period between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4.

Pearl River County had a total of 1,063 cases with 55 deaths, including 93 cases and 22 deaths in long-term care.

Statewide, as of Oct. 14, there were a total of 481 patients in Mississippi hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19; and 117 with suspected coronavirus infections. Of those hospitalized, 138 were in ICU; and 69 were on ventilators.

The MSDH reported that as of Oct. 11, approximately 94,165 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

• 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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