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COVID-19 cluster linked to funeral in Northeast Mississippi



Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs has warned that social gatherings present risks of quickly spreading COVID-19. (Photo via video screen grab)

Thursday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported a cluster of COVID-19 infections related to a recent funeral in Northeast Mississippi.

The funeral and after-service gathering were held May 17, 2020, in the city of Baldwyn (located in Lee and Prentiss counties) and were attended by approximately 100 people.

To date, at least seven COVID-19 cases in Mississippi and at least two cases in out-of-state residents have been identified in individuals who attended the event. Several other potential cases are under investigation.

Individuals who attended the graveside service May 17 at 1 p.m. and the after-service gathering from 2 to 6:30 p.m. are advised to monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath.)

If symptoms develop, they should immediately isolate themselves and contact their health care provider.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said that gatherings of individuals, including funerals, weddings or other events, pose a risk of spreading the virus if appropriate precautions are not in place. Cloth masks and social distancing of 6 feet or greater are recommended in public settings, especially in group settings, and gatherings should be limited to groups of 20 outdoors and groups of 10 indoors.

For more information on the latest COVID-19 guidance and case updates visit the MSDH website at


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