March 23, 2020 9:45:41 AM
There are nearly 250 confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Mississippi, including two new cases in Lowndes County and three in Oktibbeha County.
Mississippi State Department of Health reported 249 cases this morning, a jump of more than 100 from Saturday when the department reported 140 cases. There are six cases in Lowndes County, five in Oktibbeha and one in Clay. The counties with the most cases reported are Hinds (24), De Soto (23) and Harrison (21).
Both Columbus and Starkville have passed restrictions on businesses and public gatherings amid the growing number of cases. Restaurants in both cities are now limited to serve customers via takeout, drive-through or delivery only, and all gatherings are restricted to 10 or fewer people. Columbus also imposed a curfew from 10 p.m.-6 a.m., excepting essential travel by those over 18 years old.
Nationally, there have been more than 35,400 cases of COVID-19 reported so far, and 473 deaths, according to national media.
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