JACKSON — Mississippi is reporting a single-day record of new coronavirus cases.

The state Health Department said Thursday that the state had 3,255 new cases of the virus as of Wednesday evening.

The first time Mississippi reported more than 3,000 cases reported in a single day was Dec. 30.

The state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, has warned that he expects case numbers to continue to grow as people start testing positive after attending holiday gatherings.

Mississippi, with a population of about 3 million, has reported at least 5,061 deaths from COVID-19 as of Wednesday evening. The state has had at least 231,490 total cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, the Health Department said.

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