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Four LTC Facilities Fighting Virus Outbreaks in Bolivar County

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — As of yesterday, Mississippi is reporting a total of 129 deaths associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Arkansas confirms 1599 cases and 34 deaths, and Tennessee has 6079 cases with 135 deaths. In Mississippi, the state says 65 long term care facilities are reporting outbreaks of the disease, and the number includes four facilities in Bolivar County and two in Washington County. Leflore County reports 6 deaths official attributed to complications from the virus, Bolivar County 5, Washington and Sunflower Counties 2 each, with Tunica, Warren, and Coahoma Counties one death each. Mississippi remains under a statewide stay-at-home order through 8:00 AM Monday. Many businesses are closed and tens of thousands have applied for state unemployment benefits. On Tuesday Governor Tate Reeves said public schools, which have been closed since mid-March, will remain closed the rest of the semester but he encouraged schools to continue distance-learning efforts. For well over 98% of the people who test positive for the virus worldwide the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms like fever and cough which clear up in two to three weeks but occasionally also milder cases of pneumonia that sometimes require hospitalization. The risk of death is greater for older adults, and men, African-Americans, and people with underlying health problems.

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