COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing. The CDC and MSDH are working to detect, contain and limit the spread of cases in the U.S. and Mississippi should they occur. MSDH is actively preparing doctors and hospitals on how to respond safely and effectively to COVID-19 in Mississippi.
Like the flu, COVID-19 it is thought to be spread person-to-person by close contact (within 6 feet) and by coughing or sneezing. Other possible routes of transmission, such as touching surfaces contaminated by the virus, are also being investigated.
Community Health Centers are providing low to no cost COVID-19 screening and testing for COVID-19 throughout the state.Read More
This morning MSDH is reporting 94 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi identified by testing from the state Public Health Laboratory and private testing providers. Two new deaths have also been confirmed.Read More
Six Mississippians have died from the Coronavirus and the state health department says the number of cases has climbed to nearly 485. The state health officer says they’re taking a more aggressive approach in fighting the virus.Read More
Online resources are available for educators, parents and students to facilitate distance learning.Read More
The CDC has identified older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. According to the CDC, early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.Read More
The Mississippi State Department of Health is now operating a hotline for convenient answers to questions about COVID-19 by phone. Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday): 877-978-6453 Source: https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.htmlRead More