First coronavirus case confirmed in Marion County

The first case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Marion County, the Mississippi Department of Health announced this morning.

A total of 42 new cases were identified, bringing the statewide total to 249 cases with one death.

The state did not provide any details about the case in Marion County. Statewide, 66% of the cases have been women versus 34% men.

Neighboring Lamar County also has one confirmed case. Pearl River has 12 and Walthall and Lawrence 2 each. Jeff Davis County still does not have one.

The Health Department also said this week it will be setting up six drive-up testing sites across the state with assistance from the National Guard and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The sites are aimed at those with COVID-19 symptoms such as fever of 100.4 or greater and severe cough or chest pain.

"We'll be checking temperatures and getting samples to the state Public Health Lab for testing as part of a larger effort to get wide-scale COVID-19 testing under way for those who need it most," the Health Department said.

It has not announced yet where the testing centers will be.

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