The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported 1,092 new COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, June 24, 2020, which is the highest number of cases our state has seen in one day. The newly-released data brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in our state to 24,516, with more than 1,000 Mississippians dying from the virus. Health officials say the cases are rising fastest among young adults not following proper safeguards, such as wearing a mask or keeping a safe distance from others.
MSDH officials advise anyone waiting for test results to remain at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Do not go to work or leave home. Stay in a specific room at home and avoid contact with other family members as much as possible. If you are awaiting results from a routine screening test, but have no symptoms, you may return to work under the guidance of your employer (unless otherwise directed by the Mississippi State Department of Health).
It is important to remember that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Record-breaking numbers are proof that we need to do more to protect the health of those all across the state. We should not have to rely on Executive Orders or mandates to encourage us to do what’s best for our health and safety. Let us all continue to be wise and take care of ourselves, our neighbors, our friends and our families to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For questions and concerns, call the Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline at 877-978-6453 any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.