JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The state health department is recommending clinics, hospitals and other medical facilities to cancel or delay unnecessary or non-essential visits and/or elective procedures.
As of Monday afternoon, there are 12 cases of coronavirus in Mississippi and 28 in Alabama.
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) held a news conference Monday afternoon to provide updates to the public.
“We are urging and recommending that clinics cancel unnecessary or non-essential clinic visits,” State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs III said. “So, from an outpatient basis recommending: if it’s not an absolute necessity for someone to come into the medical environment to delay that for a future date.”
MSDH recommends similar to hospitals.
“We are also strongly recommending that facilities such as surgery centers and hospitals delay elective surgeries. Obviously, people are going to need urgent medical care; we need to focus on those individuals, but elective procedures need to be delayed at this time.”
Dobbs said the MSDH has tested 289 people so far. Twelve patients tested positive for coronavirus. The rest of the patients had something else.
“Most of the respiratory illness out there in the community is not COVID-19 and people need appropriate medical care," he said.
MSDH is collecting samples from providers to send the samples for testing.
The public cannot go to the county health department to be tested, he said. Instead, the public is urged to see their physician or provider to get tested.
You can watch the full news conference in the video above.