State’s COVID-19 total rises with nearly 400 new cases

Mississippi has seen its largest one-day growth in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the Department of Health reporting 397 new cases. 

Along with the reported cases, an additional 20 COVID-19-related deaths have been confirmed. A note from the MSDH explains that “11 of the deaths reported today occurred between March 29 and April 16, and are based on death certificate investigations.”

Today’s report raises the state’s total number of cases up to 7,212 with 281 Mississippians tragically passing away as a result of the virus. 

An estimated 3,413 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi, according to the MSDH.

For additional data from the MSDH, click here.

State health officials continue to urge caution despite a belief that Mississippi’s curve is flattening. 

“This thing is not over,” State Health Officer Dr. Dobbs said Tuesday. “We need to continue to be careful. Certainly, we have flattened the curve and we feel like we’ve maintained a pretty good hospital capacity to make sure that everybody in Mississippi can get the care they need, but please, now is not the time to let down our guard,”

Even as some restrictions have been relaxed under the current ‘safer-at-home’ order, you’re asked to continue to practice social distancing, avoid large crowds, stay at home when possible and wear a mask if you must go out in public.