As of Wednesday morning, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting 263 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 16 new deaths. There were no new cases or deaths reported in Hancock County on Wednesday.

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 11,967, with 570 deaths,” according to the MSDH statement on Wednesday. “Forty-four of the new cases reported today were among residents in long-term care facilities, and there are now 87 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff).”

Hancock County still had a total of 81 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of Wednesday, with 10 deaths from the virus. Seven of the cases and three of the deaths occurred in long-term care facilities, according to MSDH figures.

Harrison County reported two new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 220 with six deaths, one case in a long-term care facility and one death in a long-term care facility.

Pearl River County also reported two new cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, making the total 197, with 27 deaths, and 44 cases with nine deaths in long-term care facilities.

As of May 17, according to MSDH figures, 7,681 of the Mississippians who had at one point contracted the novel coronavirus are now “presumed recovered.”

Statewide, 120,680 people had been tested for the virus as of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, including 19,393 by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory and 101,287 by other providers around the state.

“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 www.hancockwomenscenter.com.

• 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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