Mississippi reports nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has reported nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths from the virus over the weekend, health officials said.

The state, which ranks in the top five in the U.S. in new cases adjusted for population, added 539 COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 410 more on Sunday, according to the Mississippi Department of Health.

But the news isn’t all bad. According to an Associated Press analysis of virus trends, Mississippi is seeing a slight decline in the 14-day average of cases, deaths and the rate of positive tests over the past week.

Mississippi has seen almost 87,000 COVID-19 cases and 2,584 deaths since the pandemic began in March.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs posted a graph on Twitter on Sunday showing how cases have declined since Gov. Tate Reeves issued a statewide mask order in early August.

“Stay focused — we want to keep our state healthy and our kids in school,” Dobbs posted, along with other reminders to wear a mask, try to keep Labor Day weekend gatherings outdoors and stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart.

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