DeSoto reaches 10,000 mark for virus cases

DeSoto County exceeded the 10,000 mark for positive cases of coronavirus and became the first Mississippi county to reach that level in Saturday’s update on the pandemic from the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). 

DeSoto County now has recorded 10,097 positive COVID-19 cases, remaining the county with the most cases in Mississippi. Hinds County now has 9,984 cases, according to the MSDH. 

The latest DeSoto County total includes 144 new cases of coronavirus since Friday’s update. 

Hinds remains the Mississippi county where the coronavirus has been the most deadly, however, now with 199 victims of the virus. In DeSoto County, there have been 104 victims from the virus.  

There were no new deaths reported in DeSoto County on Saturday, but 10 additional deaths were reported in Mississippi.  

Statewide, there have now been 149,940 cases reported and there have been 3,779 fatal victims. MSDH reported an additional 1,553 cases and 10 deaths in Saturday’s report.

Forty-one counties, including DeSoto County, remain in a mask mandate under Gov. Tate Reeves’ latest executive order, in effect through Dec. 11.  

The latest report on coronavirus numbers from MSDH is found on their website.

Bob Bakken

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