By Sean Dunlap
The Mississippi Department of Health officially revised Franklin County’s total coronvirus cases on Thursday to two — not the original three reported as late as Wednesday.
DOH officials noted county case numbers will change slightly throughout the COVID-19 outbreak as the agency’s investigation of patients finds more accurate information on their county of residence. This means one of the cases reported between Friday and Sunday of this past weekend for Franklin County should have been attributed to another Mississippi County.
While Franklin County’s number of coronavirus cases stands at two — the infection rate across the state continues to climb dramatically based on the latest report from the Mississippi Department of Health.
Each day, the Department of Health issues new coronavirus totals for the state’s 82 counties, and, on Wednesday, the statewide number of cases stood at 485 — up 108 from the previous day’s report. In addition, five deaths have been recorded around Mississippi — one each in Webster, Tunica, Holmes, Hancock and neighboring Wilkinson counties.
Also, as of Wednesday afternoon, 2,776 residents of the Magnolia State had been tested for the COVID-19 outbreak through the department’s Public Health Laboratory, which is continuing its work testing samples submitted by physicians and health care providers around the state in cases where COVID-19 is determined to be a risk.
Anyone with symptoms of fever (100.4 degrees or greater), severe cough or severe chest pains – especially those who are older or in poor health – should call their doctor or health care provider for instructions on safely being examined.
Health care providers can assess an individual’s health history and symptoms, and perform testing for COVID-19 as needed.
In neighboring counties, as of Thursday — Pike has 12; Wilkinson and Copiah have eight each; Lincoln has six; and Adams has three.
Here are recommendations from the Mississippi Department of Health in an effort to keep residents safe from coronavirus:
• Stay home if you are sick, and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes. When possible, cough, sneeze or blow your nose into a tissue, and throw the tissue away.
• If you are sick, especially with shortness of breath, severe cough, fever or severe chest pain, call a doctor or health care provider for instructions on being safely examined.
Protect yourself away from home
• Avoid social and community gatherings where 10 people or more would come into close contact.
• Practice social distancing advice below when you are in a group of people.
• Avoid unnecessary (non-urgent) air, bus or train travel.
• Limit visitation to older relatives or friends (especially in nursing or care homes).
Practice protective hygiene
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom. Effective hand washing takes about 20 seconds, and includes cleaning under fingernails, between fingers, and washing the back of hands as well as the front.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.
• Stay in good overall health by eating right and staying active. If you are living with diabetes, heart disease or other condition, keep in touch with your doctor and stay current with your treatment.
• People at risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are adults 65 and over and those with a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. These people should take simple precautions at all times to limit their exposure to others who might be ill.
For more preventative measures, visit the Department of Health at https://msdh.ms.gov.