djr-2020-03-25-news-n95-animal-foster-twp4

djr-2020-03-25-news-n95-animal-foster-twp4

Rachel Allred talks with a potential foster family for pets from the Tupelo-Lee County Humane Society Tuesday morning.

State level testing has identified 108 new cases of COVID-19, the largest single-day jump yet seen in Mississippi, while a sixth death has been reported.

The State Health Department reported the new presumptive cases Thursday morning, bringing the state total of known COVID-19 cases to 485.

The latest known COVID-19 death in Mississippi was a Rankin County man between the ages of 80 and 85, who died while hospitalized and suffered from other health conditions.

No significant spikes occurred in any Northeast Mississippi county. Benton County now has its first known case, while Calhoun, Chickasaw, Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Oktibbeha, Pontotoc and Tippah counties saw at least some new cases.

Lee County leads the region with 15 known cases, while Tippah has 14 known cases.

North Mississippi Health Services reports that 19 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized across its system, with 21 COVID-19 outpatients.

Just slightly outside Northeast Mississippi, DeSoto County now leads the state in known COVID-19 cases with 49. Hinds County follows, with 43 cases, with Harrison County recording 31.

DeSoto County is home to suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee, while the state capital of Jackson is in Hinds County.

Harrison County is on the coast, with Biloxi and Gulfport as its largest cities. Elsewhere on the Gulf Coast, New Orleans is the site of a very significant outbreak of COVID-19.

The state’s total of known deaths now stands at 6, following updates Thursday morning from the Health Department.

caleb.bedillion@journalinc.com

Twitter: @CalebBedillion

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