By Nicole Stokes
Franklin County’s cumulative coronavirus cases were numbered at 640 as of Tuesday, Jan. 12, according to data from the Mississippi Department of Health.
The number of positive cases rose by 22 from the Tuesday, Jan. 5 total of 618 cases counted locally since mid-March of last year when the pandemic started.
The agency also reported Franklin County now has 13 deaths related to COVID-19 — up from nine identified last week.
Ten of the deaths were listed among the local Black and African American population and three were Caucasians.
Two of the fatalities were listed as happening in local long-term care facilities.
Also on Tuesday, Jan. 12, the reported number of COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities in the county still stood at 40.
Franklin County Emergency Management Director Mark Thornton urged residents to continue practicing good hygiene and to social distance.
Throughout Mississippi, the reported cumulative case count was 241,957 with 5,284 deaths.
In addition, the health department noted 198,888 residents of the state were presumed to have recovered from the virus.
In related news, COVID-19 vaccinations are currently being made available for residents age 75 and older across Mississippi.
Area citizens in this age bracket can contact Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Meadville for information on the two-step inoculation by calling 601-348-5801.