State reports new COVID-19 cases, deaths

Published 6:35 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2021

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,702 new COVID-19 cases and 64 COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday.

MSDH has reported 2078 cases and 70 deaths in Adams County since March and 72 cases and 15 deaths in long-term care facilities in the county.

The state’s total now stands at 256,827 cases and 5,638 deaths since March.

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State health officials reported 1,161 confirmed positive COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized with 301 patients in ICU and 73 ICU beds available statewide.

What you can do

  • Be tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or believe you may have been exposed. See the state health department’s guide to local testing providers and free testing at
  • Keep groups sizes small and avoid large gatherings, especially indoors. Many cases are now being spread through gatherings in homes without safety precautions.
  • Social distancing is still critical to stop the spread of COVID-19. Keep plenty of distance between yourself and others.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering can sharply reduce the risk of passing COVID-19 on to others. Wearing a mask is strong recommended whenever you are in public places with others around you.
  • Most people spreading COVID-19 do not know they are infected.
  • Remind others that precautions remain essential, and set an example by your actions.