The number of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Mississippi has doubled from six cases Friday, March 14, to 12 cases on Monday, March 16.
As of Monday, 289 Mississippians have been tested. No Mississippians have died.
Forrest County has reported three cases. Hinds, Pearl River and Copiah counties have each reported two cases, and Hancock, Monroe and Leflore counties each have one case.
In neighboring states, Louisiana is reporting 114 cases and two deaths, Tennessee reports 39 cases, Arkansas reported 16 cases and Alabama 22. Neither Alabama, Arkansas nor Tennessee have reported deaths due to the virus.
Nationwide, more than 4,000 cases have been confirmed and 69 deaths.
Health officials continue to stress common sense hygiene to keep from contracting the virus:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom. Effective handwashing takes about 20 seconds and includes cleaning under fingernails, between fingers, and washing the back of hands as well as the front.
- Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. When possible, cough, sneeze or blow your nose into a tissue, and throw the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.
- Stay in good overall health by eating right and staying active. If you are living with diabetes, heart disease or other condition, keep in touch with your doctor and stay current with your treatment.
- If you are sick, especially with shortness of breath, cough, fever or similar flu-like symptoms, call a doctor or healthcare provider.
For more information, visit the MSDH website.