- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2020

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi’s Department of Health reported 1,031 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, as numbers of new cases continue to rise in the state. Officials reported 11 deaths.

The day marked the highest-ever number of hospitalizations for coronavirus with 711 people in hospitals with confirmed cases and 270 hospitalized with suspected cases.

Mississippi has a population of about 3 million. The Health Department said Friday that the state has had at least 34,622 cases and 1,215 deaths from the coronavirus as of Thursday evening.

The department said at least 2,927 cases of the virus have been confirmed in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, with at least 586 virus-related deaths in those facilities.

The number of virus infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick. While most people who contract the coronavirus recover after suffering only mild to moderate symptoms, it can be deadly for older patients and those with other health problems.


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