Mississippi coronavirus cases continue to rise

The Mississippi health officer is recommending that all restaurants and bars stop dine-in services to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 21, 2020 10:55 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2020 10:30 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi health officer is recommending that all restaurants and bars stop dine-in services to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

It also recommends that people not attend weddings, funerals, church services or other gatherings of 10 or more.

The statewide total of coronavirus cases increased to 140 on Saturday with one death according to the Mississippi State Health Department.

A drive-through testing center for the coronavirus will open next week on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

Testing will be by appointment only. Other drive-through centers are already operating.

Mississippi emergency officials say they are distributing protective gear for medical workers, starting Saturday.

And, Gov. Tate Reeves says federal loans are available for small businesses hurt by the downturn in commerce.

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