Today, the Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting an additional 722 cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, bringing the number of cases reported since March to 96,032.
20 additional deaths were reported (7 of which occurred between August 14 and September 16, identified from death certificates), bring the total number of Mississippians who have lost their lives to the virus to 2, 894.
Included in these totals are 31 new cases identified among residents in long-term care facilities and 2 deaths. There are now 126 active outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities.
Hospitalizations remain just over 500.
While it’s understandable to be worried about the coronavirus, there are stories of recovery.
This is 35-year-old Carrie Martin of Brandon, and she is a COVID-19 survivor.
Meet 63-year-old John Hardy of Jackson.
42-year-old Michael Magialardi of Madison is also a COVID-19 survivor.
Remember, face coverings are required by order of the Governor until September 30th, for all Mississippians in schools, businesses, indoor public spaces, and outdoor public spaces where consistent social distancing is not possible.
Home isolation is mandatory if you have tested positive for COVID-19 by order of the State Health Officer. (If you are awaiting results of routine testing not related to exposure, you may return to work and follow the safety guidelines of your employer.) If you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, quarantine is also important to protect others.