The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Thursday reported 328 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 23 new deaths, with no new cases or deaths in Hancock County.

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 14,372,” according to the agency’s statement Thursday, “with 693 deaths. Currently there are 449 Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infection.

“Twenty-eight of the new cases reported today were among residents in long-term care facilities, and there are now 127 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff).”

As of May 24, the MSDH estimates that 9,401 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 had recovered.

Hancock County’s cases remained static as of Thursday, with 87 people having caught the virus and 11 dying from it. Nine of the cases and three of the deaths occurred in long-term care facilities.

Harrison County, as of Thursday, had 247 reported cases of the virus, with seven deaths, three cases in a long-term care facility and two deaths in a long-term care facility.

Pearl River County on Thursday had a total of 206 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 31 deaths, and 45 cases with 11 deaths in long-term care facilities.

As of 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 163,530 people had been tested for the virus statewide, including 25,103 by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory and 129,521 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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