Sunflower County COVID-19 cases up on Thursday

By FROM STAFF REPORTS,

The number of patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus jumped to 32 on Thursday.

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, there has still been one death related to COVID-19 in the county, and there are no reports of outbreaks at long-term care facilities.

Neighboring Bolivar County has 57 positive cases, with three deaths related to the virus and two outbreaks at LTCs.

Humphreys has seven positive tests and one death, Leflore, which was the first neighbor to record a confirmed case, has 32, with four deaths and one LTC outbreak. Washington County has 46 cases, two deaths and two reported LTC outbreaks, and Tallahatchie has three cases and no deaths so far reported from the illness.

Indianola Family Medical Group and South Sunflower County Hospital Physician Dr. Hannah Ray told The E-T this week she is hopeful the facility will have increased testing capability in the next week.

These tests will still have a waiting period of several days for results, but it will increase the number of patients tested, which has been between five and 10 a day so far.

Ray said of the 32 current cases, 21 of those have had contact or have been diagnosed at IFMC or SSCH. 

Note: This story was updated to reflect the number of positive cases that have been seen in Indianola. 

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