Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect new data about the number of ICU beds available in the county. Incorrect data released by the Mississippi State Department of Health has been removed.
DeSoto County has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, with 3,680 confirmed. DeSoto only trails behind Hinds County, the state's most populous, which has 5,656 cases. Harrison County on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, now ranks third with 2,530 cases. Madison County ranks fourth with 2,443 confirmed cases.
At least 13 ICU beds are available in DeSoto County, according to area hospitals. There are 48 ICU beds in the county, and 19 of them are occupied by COVID-19 patients.
The MSDH reported 476 new coronavirus cases and 16 deaths on Monday, as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the state.
This brings the state to a total of 67,649 coronavirus cases and 1,912 deaths.
There are four active outbreaks at DeSoto County long-term care facilities: The DeSoto Healthcare Center, Diversicare of Southaven, Hermitage Gardens of Southaven and Landmark of DeSot. The state department of health defines an outbreak at a long-term care facility as one or more cases among residents or two or more cases among staff within 14 days.
Gov. Tate Reeves ordered a statewide mask mandate last week. 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.
DeSoto County Schools, which were set to reopen classes today, moved the start date back one week.
The DeSoto Times-Tribune offers daily COVID-19 updates as new data from the state becomes available. Check back tomorrow for updated information.