Desoto County News

DeSoto County has two more victims to virus

Friday, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported 79 new coronavirus cases had been discovered in DeSoto County and there have been two new deaths related to the virus. 

That brings the total number of cases from COVID-19 in DeSoto County to 18,648 and the total number of deaths related to the virus to 214. 

DeSoto County remains the location with the highest number of positive cases but Hinds County remains where the most deaths have been recorded, now at 361.

MSDH Friday reported an additional 1,210 cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and 40 deaths. Twenty-two deaths occurred between January 18 and Feb. 4, and 18 occurred between Dec. 13 and Jan. 28, identified from death certificate reports. 

Mississippi’s total of COVID-19 cases now stands at 279,742, with 6,222 deaths. 

MSDH noted the 1,210 additional cases Friday happened to be the same increase reported yesterday.

The latest COVID-19 vaccination information, guidance and protective steps are also online at

The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is the best way to get your questions about COVID-19 answered. Call 877-978-6453 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

As of Wednesday, the latest date available for hospital information, Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven had 45 confirmed coronavirus patients in its hospital and an additional 10 patients in the intensive care unit. There were eight beds available at Baptist-DeSoto but none in the ICU ward. 

Methodist-Olive Branch Hospital reported 10 coronavirus patients at its facility and four in intensive care. Methodist has four available beds and non in the ICU unit on Wednesday,  

Vaccinations continue to be given through MSDH at the Landers Center in Southaven. 

To make the appointment, go to or call 877-978-6453.

Those eligible and seeking first dose vaccines should go to the same website or call the same number to schedule appointments, however appointments go quickly and you’re encouraged to keep trying if not successful at first.  

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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