Mississippi shattered its daily COVID-19 record on Tuesday as state officials continue to encourage residents to step up their efforts on precautions.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,635 new positive cases on Tuesday. The previous high was 1,251.

The daily statistics include 31 new deaths, with one of those reported in Tishomingo County, which now has two total deaths.

“There’s a price for everything,” State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs said in Monday’s coronavirus briefing. “There’s no free lunch, and we’re paying the price for what happened Fourth of July right now, and we’re going to pay the price for what’s happening right now three or four weeks from now.”

The number of in-patients being treated for COVID-19 at Magnolia Regional Health Center grew from 24 to 27. The county picked up 18 more positive test results, for a total of 179.

The number hospitalized statewide grew from 909 to 943 over the day.

The state has 23 counties under stricter social distancing orders, primarily in southern and western parts of the state.

“I think we’re at a phase now in which every Mississippian should assume that everyone they can look around a room and see,” Gov. Tate Reeves said on Monday, “just assume they have the virus and stay socially distanced, wear a mask, don’t get within 6 feet of them, and don’t get within large groups. If every Mississippian would take that approach, it would go a long way towards helping us slow the spread of this virus. The reality is we do have significant transmission in the community, and we’ve got to get control of it.”

Reeves said he has had conversations with the State Department of Education about the upcoming school year, and there currently is no intention of reducing the 180-day length of the school calendar.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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