JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The state department of health has reported thousands of Mississippians have survived the coronavirus.
As of Thursday, June 11, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) estimates there have been 13,356 presumed recoveries.
Also as of Thursday, MSDH has reported 18,483 cases of the virus since Mississippi recorded its first presumptive case on March 11.
WTVA spoke with a survivor from Pontotoc. Homer Judon said he still does not know how he got the virus back in early May.
He is now testing negative and is back at work. After what he has been through, he said everyone should be tested.
Judon said he discovered he had the virus on May 11. He was tested on May 6. He said the only reason he took the test in the first place was to protect his dad, who has cancer.
He also said he did not have any symptoms at all when he was tested. Homer said he wore masks and protected himself during that time, but his test came back positive.
He took off from his job for 14 days. He called the clinic where healthcare workers had tested him. They checked him for fever and released him.
However, he was still worried and called another clinic. A second test came back positive.
A third test came back inconclusive. The fourth test came back negative.
He urges other survivors to get re-tested
Through it all, he said he felt good most of the time.
"After I got diagnosed with it, I had some real bad days where my breathing, I could tell my heart rate would kind of like skip a beat,” he said.
No one in his home, including his wife, tested positive.
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