The Mississippi Department of Health Tuesday morning reported a third death in Lauderdale County related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The death was among eight deaths reported Tuesday morning, bringing the state total to 59. The health department reported 177 new cases of COVID-19 for a state total of 1,915.
The numbers are based on tests reported to the state as of 6 p.m. Monday.
Lauderdale County now has 78 cases of COVID-19, tied for the fifth highest in the state. Hinds County has the most with 169.
Outbreaks have been reported at three long-term-care facilities in Lauderdale County. It takes only one resident or staff person for the state to identify an outbreak. There is one outbreak at a Newton County long-term care facility.
Anderson Regional Medical Center reported it was hospitalizing 12 COVID-19 patients as of Tuesday morning.
The health department advises the general public to cover their face (mouth and nose) with a mask or homemade covering when in public places, where a distance of 6-fee between persons is difficult to maintain.