The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 100 new coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the total number of infections to 1,738 with the number of confirmed deaths up eight for a total of 51.

Pike County is now at 28 confirmed cases — an increase of two from Sunday — with no deaths listed for the county, but there is at least a confirmed case at a long-term care facility in the county.

State health officials said Monday they are not naming the facility, citing concern for patient privacy laws.

Amite County’s cases remained at with one death, and Lincoln County has gained two cases for a total of 18.

Wilkinson County had 30 confirmed infections and three deaths, reflecting no change from Sunday’s numbers.

Lawrence County increased by one case for a total of five, while Walthall County stayed at 12 and Franklin County stayed at five.

Long-term care facilities in Amite, Lincoln and Wilkinson have also reported at least one case of the virus.

In other news, a Brookhaven man’s COVID-19 death marks the first death from the virus in Lincoln County, although state health officials have yet to include his death to the statistics as of Monday.

Eugene Thompson, 46, the owner of Taper Nation barbershop, was diagnosed with coronavirus on March 22 and died April 4. Thompsons sister Dedra Edwards told Jackson news station WLBT of Thompson's death Saturday.

Thompson was feverish on March 17, so he got tested and went into self-quarantine that day. He posted to his Facebook page that his shop would be closed “for the rest of the week.” 

Thompson was hospitalized two days later, and Saturday, his family was informed that his heart stopped, and he could not be revived.

Edwards took to Facebook to thank everyone who shared condolences with her family.

“On behalf of my family, we want to thank everyone so much for all your prayers, calls and messages,” Edwards wrote Sunday. “Words cannot express how grateful we are to our Brookhaven community, our family and our friends for all you have done to help us get through this difficult time.

“It brings us great comfort to see all the many posts and memories you have of my brother Eugene Taper Thompson. We are still processing all of this.”

Edwards said they will have a small family funeral Thursday, but once the outbreak has gotten under control, they will hold a larger celebration of Thompson's life.

“Please continue to keep his family in your prayers, especially his children and grandchildren,” she said.

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