First confirmed coronavirus case in Benton County

The MSDH has confirmed the first case of COVID19 in Benton County. This comes as all surrounding counties have reported multiple cases.

There were over 100 new cases in the state on Thursday, bringing the total to nearly 500 statewide.

Below is the numbers from MSDH:

CountyCasesDeaths
Adams3
Attala7
Benton1
Bolivar6
Calhoun3
Chickasaw7
Choctaw4
Clay1
Coahoma17
Copiah8
Desoto49
Forrest16
Franklin2
George1
Grenada2
Hancock61
Harrison31
Hinds43
Holmes71
Humphreys1
Itawamba3
Jackson16
Jones1
Lafayette10
Lamar4
Lauderdale3
Lawrence5
Leake4
Lee15
Leflore13
Lincoln6
Lowndes8
Madison21
Marion1
Marshall7
Monroe3
Montgomery4
Newton1
Noxubee1
Oktibbeha10
Panola4
Pearl River16
Perry1
Pike12
Pontotoc3
Prentiss1
Quitman2
Rankin23
Scott4
Simpson1
Smith1
Sunflower4
Tallahatchie2
Tate6
Tippah14
Tunica51
Union2
Walthall4
Washington9
Webster21
Wilkinson81
Winston3
Yalobusha3
Yazoo4
Total4855

The Mississippi State Department of Health is aggressively responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. With other state agencies, it has activated emergency operations in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Mississippi.

Other steps that MSDH is taking include:

  • Surveillance: Increasing surveillance (monitoring) activities to identify cases of COVID-19 as quickly as possible and to limit person-to-person transmission.
  • Testing: Making COVID-19 testing available for healthcare providers through the MSDH Public Health Laboratory.
  • Planning: Working directly with hospitals and healthcare providers across the state to plan for possible cases of COVID-19, preparing them to identify and safely treat cases.
  • Readiness: Assessing statewide hospital capacities, ensuring the capacity of the MSDH Public Health Laboratory for COVID-19 testing, and informing all Mississippi healthcare providers about procedures for identifying and testing for coronavirus cases.
  • Information: Providing guidance to business, education and other entities on how to respond to the possible spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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