At least eight Mississippi lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus after weeks of working in close proximity together in the state Capitol where many did not wear masks.
Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state health officer, said Tuesday there are at least 11 other suspected cases of the virus among legislators and Capitol employees.
They were tested for the coronavirus after he came into contact with a lawmaker who tested positive last week.
The Health Department said Tuesday that Mississippi has had at least 32,214 confirmed cases and 1,158 deaths from the coronavirus as of Monday evening -- an increase of 957 confirmed cases and 44 deaths from numbers reported a day earlier.
The Health Department had free drive-thru COVID-19 testing Monday for legislators and others who work in the Capitol.