The Mississippi State Department of Health announced 60 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 Saturday morning, bringing the state-wide total to 140 cases.

The new cases include more cases in Mississippi’s more populated areas, with four in Madison and Rankin counties, nine in DeSoto County and seven in Hinds County. Kemper County has not had a confirmed case to date.

There are four new cases in Lowndes and Lee counties, three in Itawamba and one in Hancock County, where the virus claimed the life one Mississippian - the state’s first COVID-19 related death - on Friday.

MDH had not updated its total number of individuals tested, but had tested 775 Mississippians as of Friday.

According to the information published Saturday morning, just 24 percent of the 140 patients with confirmed cases had required hospitalization. The majority - 67 percent - had either recovered or were attempting to do so at home in isolation.

According to the latest numbers, age doesn’t appear to be playing a role in the spread of the disease. As of Friday, there were 24 confirmed cases in individuals in the 18-29 age range, 27 in the 40-49 age range and 26 in both the 60-69 range and 70-plus demographic.

Mississippi remains on a partial lockdown, with schools and other public entities temporarily shuttered until at least April 17. Restaurants and bars were advised late last week to forego dining room service for to-go or curbside service.

The state has rolled out a Coronavirus Hotline, which is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week at (877) 978-6453.

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