Clay, Lowndes confirm first cases of COVID-19

Lee Anne Barnes pushes a wheeled cart full of bags of meals for parents of children who received free or reduced lunches to be picked up Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Tupelo, Miss.(Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)
Ryan Phillips
DTL Editor

Five new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in the Golden Triangle following the release of the latest data from the Mississippi State Department of Health on Saturday morning.

The latest report says four new cases of the virus have been confirmed in Lowndes County, while Clay County has also confirmed its first case.

Click here to view the breakdown of cases by county.

MSDH confirmed 60 new cases in Mississippi as of 6 p.m. Friday evening, bringing the state total to 140 cases, with one death.

As of the publication of this story, MSDH said 775 people have been tested. Hinds County currently has the most confirmed cases at 14 as of Saturday morning.

Counties in the SDN coverage area with reported cases include: Clay (1), Lowndes (4), Monroe (2), Webster (1) and Winston (1).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday morning reported that there are currently 15,219 confirmed cases in the U.S., with 201 deaths.