Mississippi reports first coronavirus case, recommends avoiding mass gatherings

The patient, an adult male, is in Forrest County and recently traveled to Florida.

Posted: Mar 12, 2020 11:29 AM
Updated: Mar 13, 2020 12:04 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi reported its first case of coronavirus in the state.

The patient, an adult male, is in Forrest County and recently traveled to Florida.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said the patient is not over the age of 65 and not hospitalized. The patient is under home isolation and being monitored every day.

The case was identified Wednesday.

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is recommending physicians submit samples for testing. Physicians can order tests.

Open this link to view MSDH's guidance and information for healthcare professionals.

Testing is also available through commercial labs like LabCorp.

MSDH recommends people don't go to the emergency room unless the situation is an emergency. People should call their clinic and let them know prior to arrival.

Coronavirus symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Open this link to view more information about symptoms.

MSDH recommends organizers, communities, and schools avoid mass gatherings of more than 250 people.

Open this link to view more information from MSDH.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said the state has no intent to recommend closings schools.

Effective immediately, the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) is suspending visitations at facilities in which MDOC inmates reside.

Open this link to watch MSDH's full news conference.

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