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Lincoln County COVID-19 Update: Fatalities linked to virus now at 11

Coronavirus deaths in Lincoln County are up to 11.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, two additional deaths have been reported among Lincoln County residents compared to Monday’s numbers, bringing the total to 11, registering the county as having the sixth-highest number of deaths in the state connected to the novel virus.

Counties with higher numbers of fatalities tied to coronavirus are Forrest, 12 deaths; Monroe, 16; Leflore, 17; Pearl River, 20; and Lauderdale, with 23 deaths.

The Mississippi State Health Department reported 143 confirmed cases in the county — up seven from Monday’s numbers — with 47 of those cases and seven deaths being from long-term care facilities in the county.

Statewide, there have been an additional 870 confirmed cases and 42 confirmed deaths from the virus, bringing the totals to 7,212 cases and 281 deaths. Of the total, there have been 825 cases and 110 deaths among residents or staff of long-term care facilities around the state.

As of Friday morning, labs around the state had tested 7,136 additional people since Monday, bringing the total number of tested people to 71,548. Of those, 773 tests have been performed by King’s Daughters Medical Center. Of those, 101 have tested positive for COVID-19.

Both MSDH and KDMC offer testing. Those receiving testing through the MSDH must complete pre-screening through a smartphone app or by phone. More information can be found at http://healthyms.com/covid19test. Mississippi also has a COVID-19 hotline available 24/7 at 877-978-6453.

People who want to receive tests from KDMC are advised to call 601-835-9455 before visiting. The screening site can be found by following the signs on Brookman Drive behind the hospital.