Prentiss County reporting second active outbreak at nursing home facility
Prentiss County is now reporting an outbreak at a second long term care facility. The numbers were updated as of Monday, April 6th.
The first outbreak was reported at the beginning of this month.
Long-term care (LTC) facilities like nursing homes are considered high risk locations because their residents are older or in poor health. Even one case of COVID-19 in these facilities among residents or employees is considered an outbreak.
We investigate residents, staff and close contacts of infected individuals for possible exposure. The number of LTC facilities with outbreaks are shown for each county in the table below.
|County||Cases||Deaths||LTCs with Outbreaks|
COVID-19 testing providers around the state include commercial laboratories and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Combined with testing done by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory, the figures provide a complete picture of all Mississippi testing. We will update these figures as data becomes available.
Combined testing totals (MSDH, UMMC and commercial testing providers) as of April 5, 2020.
|Total individuals tested by the MSDH Public Health Laboratory||6,568|
|Total individuals tested by other providers||14,061|
|Total individuals tested for COVID-19 statewide||20,370|
The MSDH Public Health Laboratory, its partners, and private providers are testing statewide for COVID-19.
Anyone with symptoms of fever, severe cough or severe chest pains – especially those who are older or in poor health – should make arrangements for testing with their doctor or one of the many healthcare providers now performing testing. Healthcare providers can assess your health history and symptoms, and perform testing for COVID-19 as needed. MSDH is also helping conduct free drive-up testing sites in many parts of the state. Always call ahead to the testing provider for instructions on safely being examined before you visit for your test.