The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) on Tuesday reported 348 new cases of COVID-19 — including five new cases in Hancock County — and 24 new deaths in the state.

“Thirteen deaths occurred between Feb. 12 and Feb. 22, and 11 occurred between Jan. 27 and Feb. 15, identified from death certificate reports,” according to the agency’s statement Tuesday. “Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases now stands at 291,222, with 6,577 deaths.”

On Monday, the agency reported 242 new cases and zero deaths. On Sunday, MSDH reported 390 new cases and no new deaths statewide; on Saturday, the agency reported 350 cases with 19 new deaths.

As of Tuesday morning, Hancock County had a total of 3,377 cases with 73 deaths, including 68 cases and 14 deaths in long-term care facilities.

There were five new cases reported in Hancock County on Monday; three cases on Sunday; and two new cases reported on Saturday.

Also as of Tuesday, Harrison County had 16,385 cases with 273 deaths, with 482 cases and 65 deaths in long-term care.

Pearl River County had 4,070 total cases with 127 deaths, including 186 cases and 34 deaths in long-term care.

As of Feb. 22, the MSDH estimates that 273,437 Mississippi residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 are presumed recovered.

As of Feb. 21, there were 510 Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infections, including 143 patients in an ICU and 92 patients on ventilators. There were also 50 patients hospitalized with suspected COVID infections.

“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.”

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs is still recommending that Mississippi residents curtail social gatherings as much as possible.

“All residents of Mississippi should avoid any social gathering that includes individuals outside of the immediate family or household,” Dobbs said. “MSDH recommends that Mississippians only participate in work, school or other absolutely essential activities, and avoid gatherings such as social events, sporting events, in-person church services, and weddings and funerals unless they involve only close family (preferably outdoors).”

Additionally, according to MSDH, “Home isolation is mandatory if you have tested positive for COVID-19 by order of the State Health Officer. (If you are awaiting results of routine testing not related to exposure, you may return to work and follow the safety guidance of your employer.)

“Quarantine is mandatory for household members of someone who has COVID-19. Home quarantine permits working under certain circumstances.”

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