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Mississippi sees largest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases to date with 276 new cases reported

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The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Thursday that COVID-19 cases had increased by 276 to a total of 2,260 cases, the largest increase in cases for any one day since the crises began.

The numbers of deaths from the virus now stands at 76 after an additional nine Mississippians died yesterday.

Warren County now has 10 confirmed cases of the virus.

Neighboring Issaquena County is now the only county in the state without any reported cases. Hinds County is now reporting 203 cases and two deaths.

MSDH reports new statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each morning based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

As reported yesterday, cases and deaths from the virus are heavily skewed toward African Americans. In a state where 37.8% of the population is African American, they represent 71% of the COVID-19 death toll and 52% of the total reported cases.

Much of the racial distribution of the virus and deaths can be attributed to underlying health conditions that make people more vulnerable to the virus. Those conditions include cardiovascular disease and diabetes, among others.

All age groups have been affected by the disease, including children 17-years-old and younger (56 cases). Deaths from the virus, however, occur most frequently among those 60 and older. No deaths among juveniles have been reported in Mississippi.

Hospitalizations have dropped slightly over the past couple of days, from 31% to 29%, still one of the highest rates in the nation.

Outbreaks in long-term care facilities now number 44 across the state.

As of April 5, 20,370 tests have been completed in Mississippi.

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. 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.

Find a COVID-19 testing provider near you

For more information, visit the MSDH website.

Mississippi COVID-19 cases, deaths and long-term care facility outbreaks to date:

County Cases Deaths LTCs with Outbreaks
Adams 27 1 2
Alcorn 6
Amite 10 1 1
Attala 17
Benton 5
Bolivar 57 3 2
Calhoun 13 1
Carroll 7
Chickasaw 20 2 1
Choctaw 9 1
Claiborne 3
Clarke 12 1 1
Clay 14
Coahoma 35 1
Copiah 27
Covington 7
Desoto 150 1
Forrest 71 2 1
Franklin 8
George 5
Greene 1
Grenada 10
Hancock 37 3 2
Harrison 96 3 2
Hinds 203 2 2
Holmes 31 3
Humphreys 7 1
Itawamba 7
Jackson 122 5 1
Jasper 10
Jefferson 4 1
Jefferson Davis 4
Jones 19 1
Kemper 13
Lafayette 26 1
Lamar 24 1
Lauderdale 99 5 3
Lawrence 8
Leake 22
Lee 40 2
Leflore 32 4 1
Lincoln 32 2 2
Lowndes 18
Madison 88 2 1
Marion 16 1
Marshall 26 1
Monroe 24 1 2
Montgomery 13 1
Neshoba 17
Newton 8 1
Noxubee 5
Oktibbeha 35 1 2
Panola 21 1
Kepearl River 73 4 2
Perry 14 1
Pike 35 1 1
Pontotoc 14 1
Prentiss 10 2
Quitman 12
Rankin 85 2
Scott 43 1
Sharkey 3
Simpson 6
Smith 16 1
Stone 5
Sunflower 32 1
Tallahatchie 3
Tate 19
Tippah 41 6
Tishomingo 2
Tunica 17 1 1
Union 6 1
Walthall 16
Warren 10 1
Washington 46 2 2
Wayne 6
Webster 13 1
Wilkinson 37 3 1
Winston 17
Yalobusha 11
Yazoo 47 1
Total 2,260 76 44

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

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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

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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

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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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