The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Saturday reported 229 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi -- including five new cases in Hancock County -- and 10 new deaths statewide. "Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 7,441, with 291 deaths," according to MSDH's update on Saturday. "The number of Mississippians currently hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infection has fallen to 424."

MSDH said that 41 of the new cases reported Saturday were among residents in long-term care facilities, and there are now 100 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff).

Hancock County’s total of COVID-19 cases now stands at 67 cases with five deaths. Six of those cases and three of the deaths occurred in long-term care facilities, according to MSDH's latest figures.

There were also five new cases reported in Harrison County on Friday, bringing the totals to 181 infected, six dead. One of the cases and one of the deaths there occurred in a long-term care facility.

In Pearl River County, one new case and no new deaths were reported Friday, bringing the totals to 175 people infected and 20 dead. Forty-one of the infections and six of the deaths occurred in long-term care facilities.

The MSDH has begun releasing data on patients who have been “presumed” recovered from the virus. Currently, 3,413 of the Mississippians who were previously afflicted with COVID-19 are “presumed recovered” from the disease.

As of 6 p.m. on Friday, May 1, the MSDH Public Health Laboratory had conducted 12,922 tests for the virus, while other healthcare officials around the state had performed 61,553 additional tests, for a total of 74,475.

“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 now 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.

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