DeSoto County sees jump in COVID-19 cases as testing increases

WATCH: DeSoto County sees jump in COVID-19 cases as testing increases

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — DeSoto County has reported more than 900 cases of COVID-19. That is the fourth-highest number in the state.

Its current seven-day average of more than 28 new cases is twice what it was on June 16.

One of the reasons the numbers have gone up so dramatically in DeSoto County is because testing has gone up countywide.

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DeSoto County Emergency Medical Services Director Mark Davis told FOX13 the number of tests in the county has more than quadrupled in the last few weeks.

“We were doing maybe 100 tests a day, and now we are doing 400 to 450 a day,” said Davis.

Davis said a lot of employers are calling for their workers to be tested regardless of whether they show symptoms. Those tests were not being done until recently.

“We are finding a lot of asymptomatic people that are positive just because they are getting tested because their work requires it,” he said.

Davis also said more people are heading back to work, and a lot of us are letting our guard down.

“We are doing a lot more testing than a lot of counties, and another thing that contributes to the higher numbers: we are close to Memphis,” said Davis.”We have a lot of people who work in Memphis and a lot of people in Shelby County.”

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, firefighters and first responders in DeSoto County have given out more than 50,000 reusable masks.

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