The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) climbed to nearly 500 in Mississippi on Wednesday, with 10 cases now confirmed for Oktibbeha County.

The latest numbers provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health Thursday morning, which apply only to cases confirmed the previous day, show the total number of cases for the state is now at 485, with five deaths — four of which were reported Wednesday

In total, 108 new cases were confirmed statewide in the latest update.

While Clay County did not report any new cases, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases also climbed for Lowndes County, with eight.

Apart from a spike in cases, this week saw the first coronavirus-related death in the SDN coverage area, with a Webster County man with underlying medical conditions dying in hospitalization on Wednesday.

No new cases were confirmed for Webster County, which has two, as of the latest update.

Statewide, DeSoto County surpassed Hinds County for the most confirmed cases at 49.

MSDH reports roughly 68% of cases as of March 24 did not require hospitalization and as of March 25, MSDH confirms 2,776 individuals have been tested for the virus in Mississippi.

This is a developing story.

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