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As of Wednesday, July 15, Mississippi has 39,797 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,308 deaths.

Mississippi Cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health on July 16 reported 39,797 cases of COVID-19 with the death toll rising to 1,308.

The first death, a Hancock County man aged 60-65 with underlying health conditions, was reported March 19. For a full listing of deaths by counties, visit the MSDH website

MSDH is investigating all cases to limit the spread of the virus.

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Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs, explains why Mississippians must take precautions to stem the transmission of COVID-19.

Stemming COVID-19: ‘What we are doing now is not working’

Thursday, July 9, 2020

You don’t have to be a health care professional to realize Mississippi is going in the wrong direction in its attempt to stem the widespread transmission of COVID-19. Unless more people take the critical precautions of wearing a mask, social distancing, shunning gatherings and washing their hands frequently, hospitals will soon be overrun and beds will be even more scarce. Read More

UMMC is preparing to begin COVID-19 antibody testing in employees with high risk of exposure. This includes health care providers like Heidi Logan, nurse on 2 North, and Jacob Ellett, inpatient nurse on 7 South, shown here donning personal protective equipment before entering a COVID-19 patient's room.

Antibodies and COVID-19: What you should know

Monday, June 29, 2020

Serology testing can detect the antibodies the immune system makes in response to the virus that causes COVID-19. However, these tests do not show if the antibodies can protect you from getting sick. UMMC physicians and scientists are studying these antibodies to learn how effective they are against COVID-19. Read More

Caring for COVID-19 patients: Teamwork, time make difference

A day in the Medical Center’s intensive care units and floors dedicated to COVID-19 patients brings many things. In the ICU, adults fight to live. On the floor, there’s more hope of recovery. The common ties are front line and support staff who stride toward the threat and the cautious promise of new treatments that could make a difference between life and death.

Published on Monday, June 22, 2020

Clinical trial tests plasma as possible COVID-19 treatment

UMMC’s clinical study will examine if the antibodies found in the blood plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients can help current patients fight the novel coronavirus.

Published on Friday, June 12, 2020

As COVID-19 numbers grow, so does creative patient placement

The Medical Center continues to see record numbers of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. That means members of clinical and leadership teams must make decisions on where to safely place them while at the same time balancing the capacity needs of the state's only Level I trauma center and sole source for many fields of specialty care.

Published on Monday, June 1, 2020

UMMC tests 15,000 for COVID-19, expands testing to other groups

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued, the Medical Center has increased its testing capabilities several-fold in the last two months. Now, UMMC is also testing residents and employees of the state's long-term care facilities.

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Heart failure admissions plummet – is the pandemic to blame?

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Health System keeps ship steady despite COVID-19's uncharted waters

Published on Monday, May 18, 2020

COVID-19 impacts black communities more heavily, study shows

Published on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Medical Center credits students’ COVID-19 response – in due course

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020

Leading the charge: Jones, Wilson help steer COVID-19 command team

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020

COVID-19 isolation good for public health, worrisome for mental health

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020

Infectious diseases, prevention team keeps COVID-19 on the run

Published on Friday, April 24, 2020

Those at higher COVID-19 complication risk should note these tips

Published on Monday, April 20, 2020

Self-care crucial while caring for loved ones with dementia

Published on Monday, April 20, 2020

Regions matches donations to UMMC COVID-19 relief up to $50K

Published on Monday, April 20, 2020

UMMC begins COVID-19 clinical trials

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Field clinic for respiratory illness opens to public, provider referrals

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Photos: One mission, one family - UMMC takes on COVID-19

Published on Monday, April 13, 2020

Telehealth technology 'linchpin' of Medical Center’s COVID-19 response

Published on Monday, April 13, 2020

Statewide COVID-19 testing proves instrumental to 'flattening the curve'

Published on Monday, April 13, 2020

Stay home to keep children with medical conditions healthy, experts say

Published on Saturday, April 11, 2020

Mobile field clinic established for patients with non-emergency respiratory illness

Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

UMMC builds ventilators for COVID-19 pandemic response

Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Telehealth virtual 'house call' for UMMC patients during pandemic

Published on Monday, April 6, 2020