JACKSON, Miss.(Ben Caxton) – In Mississippi, there were 276 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths reported Monday by state health officials.
In South Mississippi, that number breaks down to 57 new cases and four new deaths reported for the six southernmost counties.
As of Aug. 16, 2020, the new cases are reported in the following: Jackson County (20), Harrison County (16), Pearl River County (12), Hancock County (7), Stone County (1), and George County (1).
There were four deaths reported in South Mississippi in the following counties: George County (1), Hancock County (1), Harrison County (1), and Pearl River County (1).
Mississippi investigates both probable and confirmed cases and deaths, said MSDH. As of Aug. 16 at 6pm, there have been a total of 72,412 cases investigated, which includes 1,851 probable cases. There have been 2,095 deaths investigated, including 80 probable deaths.
As of Aug. 16, a total of 541,254 tests have been done statewide, which includes the number of tests by MSDH and the number of tests given by other providers. That includes 522,738 PCR tests and 18,516 antibody tests.
PCR testing detects current, active COVID-19 infection in an individual. Antibody (serology) testing identifies individuals with past COVID-19 infection based on antibodies they develop one to three weeks after infection.
In all, MSDH labs have conducted 70,701 tests as of Aug. 16. Of those, 7,916 have shown positive results.
Drive-through clinics for testing are popping up across the state. However, health officials are asking that you call ahead to make sure you meet the qualifications for testing.
Anyone wanting to be tested for COVID-19 can complete a pre-screening by calling one of the following hotlines:
- Memorial Hospital Coronavirus Hotline: 228-867-5000
- Singing River Health System Coronavirus Hotline: 228-809-5044
- MS Dept. of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 877-978-6453