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The Mississippi Department of Health reported 1,210 new coronavirus cases and 26 deaths on Saturday, as COVID-19 continues its surge statewide.

This brings the state to a total of 66,646 coronavirus cases and 1,874 deaths. 

DeSoto County has the second-highest number of cases in the state, with 3,632 confirmed. DeSoto only trails behind Hinds County, the state's most populous, which has 5,599 cases. Harrison County on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, now ranks third with 2,498 cases. Madison County ranks fourth with 2,414 confirmed cases. 

There are 174 outbreaks in long-term care facilities. 3,838 Mississippians in those facilities have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 800 have died.

Gov. Tate Reeves ordered a statewide mask mandate on Tuesday. Under the executive order, which lasts for two weeks, every Mississippian is required  to wear a mask at public gatherings and when shopping. Reeves also ordered grades 7-12 in eight counties to delay their return to school. 

This comes as Mississippi has the second highest of new cases per capita in the nation, only behind Florida. Mississippi also has the highest COVID-19 test positivity rate in the nation, 22%. 

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