Today MSDH is reporting 1,025 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and 18 deaths (7 of which occurred between July 2 and July 7, identified from death certificates). Mississippi's total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 38,567, with 1,290 deaths.
18 of the new cases reported today were among residents in long-term care facilities, along with 7 deaths. Active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities continue to rise, and there are now 130 outbreaks statewide (where an outbreak is one or more cases among residents or staff).
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have increased again, with 825 Mississippians now hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 infection, and 274 more with suspected COVID-19.
Please remember that masks and social distancing work together to lower your risk of getting COVID-19 and passing it to others. Limit your time in public, keep plenty of distance from others, and wear a face-covering whenever you are around other people. These are steps proven to control the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
More data on COVID-19 in the state, along with preventive steps to take against coronavirus, are online at http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19
The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is the best way to get your questions about COVID-19 answered. Call 877-978-6453 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.