Marion County case numbers grow to 7

• Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have grown to seven in Marion County, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s database. The numbers were recorded around noon on Thursday, March 26, nearly doubling the county’s case count from the previous day of four. The first confirmed case, a Hackleburg resident, was made on Saturday, March 21.

• According to Northwest Medical Center officials, the Winfield hospital has collected 37 samples as of Thursday, March 26--four of which have been confirmed as positive for COVID-19.

• As of Wednesday, March 25, North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC)-Hamilton has taken 16 samples without a confirmed case yet. The Hamilton hospital is directing patients to the Tupelo location for sample collections. It is only collecting test samples on-site for those unable to travel.

• NMMC-Tupelo is housing 14 individuals positive for COVID-19 with another 18 listed as outpatients. Systemwide, the NMMC hospital network, North Mississippi Health Services, has tested 454 cases with 113 results. The network operates additional hospitals in Amory, Eupora, Iuka, Pontotoc and West Point, Miss.

• Statewide, 472 cases have been confirmed and the state has added its first death. According to State Health Officer Scott Harris, the patient had underlying health problems and was being treated at an out-of-state facility.

• The Jackson County Commission has confirmed the patient was one of its part-time employees. reported that Jackson County Commission Chairman Tim Guffey has said the employee was a female and being treated in Chattanooga, Tenn.