Over 700 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Mississippi

The Mississippi Department of Health is reporting 781 new cases of COVID-19.  The total number of cases reported this year now stands at 84, 365.

With the confirmation of 33 additional deaths, 2,526 Mississippians have now passed away from the virus.  12 of the deaths reported today were identified from death certificates and occurred between August 10 and August 27.

The highest number of cases, over 18,000, are in the 18 to 29 age group.

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Today’s cases included 16 among residents in long-term care facilities and four resident deaths. There are now 158 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.

Click here to view county-by-county totals of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi schools.

School nurses now have access to N95 masks through county health departments. You must bring school identification or a letter that indicates you are a school nurse. N95 masks contain medical-grade respirators, offering the wearer greater protection when caring for ill children.

The Mississippi State Department of Health is hosting drive-through COVID-19 testing sites for Mississippi teachers and staff at various county health departments over the next few weeks.  Click here for a schedule and locations.