COVID July 2

The Mississippi Department of Health reported 572 new coronavirus cases and 8 deaths on Monday, as COVID-19 continues its surge statewide.

This brings the state to a total of 61,125 coronavirus cases and 1,711 deaths. 

DeSoto County has the second-highest number of cases in the state, with 3,326 confirmed. DeSoto only trails behind Hinds County, the state's most populous, which has 5,269 cases. Madison County ranks third with 2,297 confirmed cases. 

MSDH also reported that 949 Mississippians are hospitalized across the state with confirmed coronavirus infections. 

Mississippi is not under a statewide mask mandate, but 23 counties are currently under one, including DeSoto.

There are 170 outbreaks in long-term care facilities. 3,693 Mississippians in those facilities have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 776 have died.

The virus has also struck the Mississippi state legislature, with at least 30  legislators and 11 other people who work in the state Capitol having tested positive for COVID-19. 

Officials initially reported that 26 legislators and 10 other Capitol employees had the virus. The state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs said on July 14 that two people from the Capitol were hospitalized, but declined to say who they are. Dobbs also said the numbers could go up as more people received test results.

MSDH estimates that 30,315 people are presumed recovered from coronavirus infections. A person is presumed recovered if it’s been 14 days since they tested positive and were not hospitalized, 21 days if they were.  

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