Less than a week ago an Emergency Declaration was announced by the President of the United States, as well as our Governor Tate Reeves. In light of that the Mississippi State Department of Health is actively working to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

MSDH officials have recommended that individuals practice social distancing and people do not gather in groups more than 10. Schools, businesses and even state legislature have shut down for the time being in an attempt to “flatten the curve.”


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Those succumbing to the virus are primarily the elderly (over 65), or individuals with an underlying condition.

According to the CDC reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you believe you might have contracted the Coronavirus it is recommended that you quarantine yourself and contact your health care provider to be tested.

April 2, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE:

On Thursday the Mississippi State Department of Health updated the number of individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The total now across the state is 1,177, up 104 from Wednesday. There have also been four more deaths bringing the total to 26. 

The MSDH is now also keeping a record of outbreaks in long term care facilities like nursing homes. So far, 22 have been reported across the state in: Amite, Bolivar, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Forest, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Lauderdale, Madison, Marion, Neshoba, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Prentiss, Smith, Tunica, Union and Warren Counties.

Roughly 30% of those diagnosed with COVID-19 are requiring hospitalization. That age range is still majority between 60 and 70 years old.

Wednesday, Gov. Tate Reeves ordered a shelter-in-place for the entire state in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. The order will allow for essential businesses to remain open, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals and restaurants. Law enforcement will be enforcing this order as people are asked to stay home unless absolutely necessary to get out.

April 1, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE: 

Moving into April, there are a total of 1,073 cases of Coronavirus conformed in Mississippi. Thats 136 more than yesterday. Two more deaths have also been reported, bringing the total to 22.

Since yesterday, Gov. Reeves has ordered a shelter-at-home order for Lauderdale County. He insinuated that it would be the first of many of these types of orders.

Several longterm care facilities are like nursing homes are considered high risk. There have been outbreaks reported which are currently being investigated in the following counties:

  • Amite
  • Bolivar
  • Jackson
  • Lauderdale
  • Smith
  • Tunica
  • Warren

March 31, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE: 

On the last day of March, the total number of confirmed Coronavirus cases have reached just under 1,000 at 937. There have also been a total of 20 deaths reported.

There have been 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours, one in each of the following: Bolivar, Lafayette, Montgomery and Panola Counties.

March 30, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE: 

After a report of 89 new cases, Mississippi has recorded 847 individuals have contracted COVID-19 and the death toll is now at 16. Deaths so far have occurred in Amite, DeSoto, Hancock, Harrison, Holmes, Lee, Leflore, Perry, Rankin, Sunflower, Tippah, Tunica, Webster, and Wilkinson counties.

The majority of Mississippians infected are between 60 and 70 years old. The 40 through 50 age group is close behind as well as 70 and above.

The majority of cases still have not required hospitalization and most people testing positive are women.



March 29, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE: 

As of Sunday evening, 14 people in Mississippi had died of Coronavirus and 758 tested positive. 95 new cases were reported on the 29th. State Health Director, Dr. Dobbs warned the public last week that the next two weeks would prove to show a dramatic increase in cases of the virus.


Social distancing recommendations remain in effect. Schools are still closed and restaurants are only open on a take-out basis. Gov. Reeves has not ordered for businesses to close their doors but has asked that they all comply with a less than 10 person capacity.

March 27, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE: 

Mississippi’s total case count for today totals at 579. There have now been eight deaths reported in the state.

March 26, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE: 

The Department of Health has announced three more deaths in the state, bringing the total to 6. There were two more reported late Wednesday night and the sixth on Thursday.

The number of confirmed cases also shot up to 485, over 100 more than reported yesterday. A total of 2,776 people have been tested for the virus in throughout the state.

March 25, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE: 

The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed the second COVID-19 death in the state of Mississippi. The individual was a male between 60-65 years old and suffered from an underlying illness. He died while hospitalized in Holmes County.

MSDH also reported that the current count for confirmed cases in the state has reached 377. In total 1,943 individuals have been tested for the virus. 71 percent of confirmed cases have still not required hospitalization and are recovering through home quarantine.

March 24, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE: 

The state has broken 300, with 320 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. There has still been only one death in the state from Hancock County.

The primary age group that has been impacted here has been individuals 70 years or older. However, there have been 57 cases confirmed for people 40 to 49 and 46 cases for those 18 to 29. Currently there have been less than five cases reported from anyone under the age of 18.

March 23, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE: 

The Mississippi Department of Health reported 249 cases in the state as of Monday. that is an increase of 42.

There is still only one death recorded for the state. The virus is primarily in Hinds, DeSoto and Harrison County. There are currently 35,225 cases in the United States.

March 22, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE:

The State Department of Health has announced an increase in the number of Coronavirus cases in Mississippi. As of Sunday, there were a reported 207 cases, still only one death.

A total of 1,321 individuals have been tested for COVID-19.

Right now the MSDH are taking the following steps to combat the virus:

  • 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.

March 21, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE:

The number of Mississippi Coronavirus cases has nearly doubled overnight. The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 140 cases across the state, with still only one death.

At this time the most heavily impacted counties are DeSoto and Hinds, with Rankin, Madison and Leflore close behind.

According to MSDH the majority of individuals diagnosed with Coronavirus are not being hospitalized. Only about 24% of cases have required hospitalization. 66% of those who have contracted the virus in the state are female.

March 20, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE: 

Mississippi is now up to 80 cases of the Coronavirus in the state with one death reported. The death was that of a man over 65 in Hancock County. He died in a Louisiana hopsital.

New cases were reported in Adams, Coahoma, Desoto, Franklin, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Jackson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lee, Leflore, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, Pike, Rankin, Tippah, Webter.

The amount of people tested has reached 775 individuals and includes testing done by private and public laboratories.

March 18, 2020 Mississippi Cases UPDATE:

The Mississippi State Department of Health has announced that the total count of Coronavirus cases in Mississippi has reached 34. 

The newest cases were discovered in Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Hancock, Harrison, Madison, Pearl River and Perry. On March 17, the state had only confirmed 21 cases. The number jumped 13 more overnight. A total of 513 individuals have been tested for Coronavirus.

**This article will be continually updated as information is provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health**