State reports new COVID-19 cases and deaths

Published 10:15 am Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 84 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi.

The state total now stands at 663, with 13 deaths confirmed. To date, no Warren County resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

MSDH reports cases based on a patient’s physical address, as opposed to the county of the facility that conducted the test. Therefore, based on MSDH reports, no one with an address in Warren County has tested positive for the virus.

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The MSDH does not track numbers of positive tests conducted at facilities per county.

Also, local medical officials have stressed the importance of social distancing and restricting the size of gatherings, given the almost certainty that there are those who have the virus within Warren County who have simply either not shown any symptoms or have not been tested.

The Vicksburg Post has reached out to each of the healthcare facilities in Warren County that have been providing tests. Some have reported testing figures to The Post, but others have declined, only confirming they have conducted tests.

Friday, local officials, along with officials with the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed that a patient at KPC Promise Hospital in Vicksburg had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. But, that individual is a resident of Rankin County and is included in that county’s confirmed case figures.

The guidelines for testing remain the same. Those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 — a fever of 100.4 or higher, upper respiratory issues like coughing, wheezing and/or shortness of breath, if a patient has been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive, traveled, been out the country or visited one of the areas defined by the Centers for Disease Control as an area of concern — and who have gone through an initial screening will be tested. Instead of going to the hospital, those who feel they have symptoms should contact their healthcare provider first.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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