MSDH confirms 696 new COVID-19 cases, 10 additional deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 696 new cases of COVID-19. 

Today’s report brings Mississippi’s total number of cases up to 98,886. With the confirmation of 10 additional deaths, 2,979 Mississippians have now passed away from the virus. 

In the latest data from the MSDH, overall hospitalizations continued on their downward trend. 

The MSDH is now posting positive cases on a school-by-school basis as well. View the report, here.

Wednesday, Governor Tate Reeves announced that Mississippi’s statewide mask mandate was allowed to expire, but the first-term governor encouraged personal responsibility when it comes to wearing a mask. A new executive order does mandate mask use in schools and at “close contact businesses” like salons and barbershops.

The new order also retains the 75% capacity limit on restaurants, shops and gyms while making a few adjustments in other areas. Attendance at outdoor K-12 sporting events has been increased from 25% to 50%. Limits on social gatherings when social distancing cannot be ensured have been also increased — 20 indoors and 100 outdoors.