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Mississippi COVID-19 cases continue rapid climb to 663 and 13 deaths



COVID-19 Update

Mississippi’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 have climbed by another 84 cases to 663. Thirteen Mississippians have lost their lives as of Friday, March 27 at 6 p.m.

The rise was predicted by State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, who said as Mississippi tests more symptomatic people, more will be diagnosed with the virus.

The most recent statistics from the Mississippi State Department of Health do not include the confirmed case in Warren County.

Desoto and Hinds counties continue to be the epicenters of the outbreak in the state. Desoto is now reporting 65 cases and one death. Hinds is reporting 58 cases and no deaths.

Counties with one reported death from the virus include Desoto, Hancock, Harrison, Holmes, Lee, Perry, Rankin, Sunflower, Tunica, Webster and Wilkinson counties. Tippah County is reporting two deaths.

The highest number of cases have been among people 60 to 69 years old, with 125 cases and four deaths; 124 cases have been diagnosed in people from 40 to 49. The highest number of deaths, however, are among those over 70 with nine fatalities.

Among those hospitalized for the virus, 100 of 152 patients are over 60.

MSDH is no longer reporting the numbers of tests completed.

For a list of local testing providers, visit this page on the MSDH website and read “How to get a COVID-19 test if you need one.”

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

All Mississippi cases

County Cases Deaths
Adams 6
Amite 1
Attala 9
Benton 2
Bolivar 11
Calhoun 3
Chickasaw 10
Choctaw 4
Clarke 1
Clay 2
Coahoma 18
Copiah 8
Covington 1
Desoto 65 1
Forrest 18
Franklin 3
George 1
Grenada 2
Hancock 9 1
Harrison 38 1
Hinds 58
Holmes 13 1
Humphreys 2
Itawamba 3
Jackson 33
Jefferson 1
Jones 3
Kemper 1
Lafayette 11
Lamar 4
Lauderdale 12
Lawrence 5
Leake 4
Lee 17 1
Leflore 15
Lincoln 8
Lowndes 10
Madison 29
Marion 3
Marshall 11
Monroe 3
Montgomery 5
Neshoba 3
Newton 1
Noxubee 2
Oktibbeha 14
Panola 4
Pearl River 23
Perry 2 1
Pike 12
Pontotoc 4
Prentiss 2
Quitman 4
Rankin 31 1
Scott 7
Sharkey 1
Simpson 2
Smith 1
Sunflower 7 1
Tallahatchie 2
Tate 8
Tippah 18 2
Tunica 6 1
Union 3
Walthall 5
Washington 13
Webster 3 1
Wilkinson 11 1
Winston 4
Yalobusha 3
Yazoo 4
Total 663 13



Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19



Nick Saban (photo courtesy UA Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Vicksburg police arrest a knife-wielding suspect for meth possession



Joshua Lisk (photo courtesy VPD)

A knife-wielding South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday in Vicksburg.

Police officers responded to a report of a man waving a large knife in the 3300 block of Clay Street. They found that Joshua Lisk, of Westminster, South Carolina, was in possession of methamphetamine.

Lisk appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of meth possession. Judge Penny Lawson set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues



Ole Miss Rebels (photo courtesy Old Miss)

Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.

After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.

“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.

Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.

An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.


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