The Mississippi State Department of Health announced 42 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 Monday morning, bringing the state-wide total of those infected to 249.

The bulk of the confirmed cases are still in Hinds County (24), DeSoto County (23) and Harrison County (21). Madison County has had 11 confirmed cases.

The MSDH has not updated its demographic, hospitalization rate or testing information. It also had not updated its total number of individuals tested, but had tested 1,392 Mississippians as of 6 p.m. Saturday evening.

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

The latest available numbers from Friday suggest age doesn’t appear to play 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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