The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Monday reported 498 new cases of COVID-19 — the greatest single-day increase in the state since the pandemic began — and 20 new deaths, including nine that occurred between May 13 and June 1 and were identified from death certificate reports.

“Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 17,768, with 837 deaths,” according to the agency’s statement Monday. “Thirty-three of the new cases reported today were among residents in long-term care facilities, and there are now 106 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 totals now stand at 93 cases with 12 deaths; and eight cases and three deaths in long-term care facilities.

In Harrison County, there is now a total of 288 cases with seven deaths, including three cases and two deaths in long-term care facilities.

Pearl River County now has a total of 217 cases of the novel coronavirus with 31 deaths; and 46 cases and 11 deaths in long-term care facilities.

As of June 7, 13,356 Mississippi residents are “presumed recovered” from COVID-19, according to MSDH.

As of 6 p.m. on June 7, 217,229 Mississippians 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. 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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