Over the past three days, several patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Leflore County have been hospitalized at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

On Tuesday, four people infected with COVID-19 were hospitalized, said Christine Hemphill, director of communications for the hospital. On Wednesday, the number hospitalized was five; on Thursday it was five again.

Because of patient privacy law, more details could not be provided. It is unknown how many people hospitalized one day were also in the group hospitalized the previous day.

Over the same three-day period, the hospital also examined people under investigation for the coronavirus, Hemphill said.

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Seven people were under investigation by the hospital Tuesday, five on Wednesday and two on Thursday.

Overall, there were 485 cases of the coronavirus in the state, including 13 in Leflore County, as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Six Mississippians’ deaths have been attributed to the virus.

According to the state Health Department, testing for COVID-19 is prioritized for the following people, all of whom need to have temperatures at 100.4 degrees or above as well as a cough or difficulty breathing:

• Hospitalized patients who have signs of the virus.

• Symptomatic health-care personnel, particularly those who have recently traveled to a known area hit with the coronavirus or have had contact with a suspected or confirmed coronavirus patient in the past 14 days.

• Other symptomatic people who are at higher risk of getting severely ill from the coronavirus, including older adults who have underlying health conditions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a patient infected with the coronavirus and hospitalized should be kept in a single room with the door closed and have access to his or her own bathroom.

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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