Desoto County News

County case numbers top 19,000 for coronavirus

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Friday added 984 new positive case reports of coronavirus in the state through 6 p.m. Thursday. There have also been 39 new deaths related to coronavirus, according to MSDH reports.  

That brings the total number of Mississippians reported to have had coronavirus since the pandemic was declared last March to 285,648 with 6,429 having passed away.

In DeSoto County, there have been 19,045 cases of coronavirus reported and there have been 222 deaths. Friday‚Äôs report added 54 new cases and one additional death to the toll in DeSoto County. The 54 new cases are 33 fewer than the 87 more that were reported on Thursday.  

Through Feb. 8, there have been an estimated 253,140 Mississippians who have recovered from coronavirus. 

The number of hospitalizations due to coronavirus have continued a steady downward trend. 

There were 1,078 patients with confirmed COVID-19 infections in hospitals on Jan. 21. The number had dropped to 645 on Feb. 10, the last date for data to be available.  

Methodist-Olive Branch Hospital reported five COVID-19 patients and one more in intensive care, as of Thursday. Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven had 38 confirmed coronavirus patients at its facility on Thursday and six more in ICU.  

Vaccinations that were to be given Thursday at the Landers Center in Southaven were automatically re-scheduled by MSDH to Saturday, Feb. 20, MSDH announced Wednesday. The action was taken in advance of the ice storm that struck the Mid-South Wednesday night and early Thursday. The vaccination site at Landers Center was closed Thursday in response to the ice storm.    

Vaccination appointments continue to be taken for the DeSoto County location at Landers Center in Southaven. Visit or call 877-978-6453 between 7 a.m.-7 p.m. concerning appointments.  

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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