No new deaths included in today’s COVID-19 report from MSDH

For the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, today’s report from the Mississippi State Department of Health includes no new deaths.

Today’s report does include 249 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of cases up to 87,379. To date, 2,585 Mississippians have passed away from the virus.

The number of active outbreaks in Mississippi long-term care facilities has now dropped to 150 — down from 158 at the beginning of the month.

Hospitalization data and estimated recoveries have not yet been updated in today’s report. However, over the weekend, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs posted some encouraging news showing the effects of masks and social distancing.

Additionally, Governor Tate Reeves explained that Mississippi’s ‘R-naught’ number (virus’ reproduction rate) is the lowest in the country.