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LOUISVILLE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Dozens of people are hospitalized following Monday's severe storm damage. Rescue and recovery efforts are continuing.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is reporting the following hospitalizations from Winston County.

The injured are being treated at various hospitals in North Mississippi and the most critical have been transported to UMMC.

Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory says 7 people are dead, and 7 people missing.

During an afternoon press conference, Louisville Mayor Will Hill said, "It is truly a trying day for the city of Louisville, Louisville will never be the same from what has happened, but we will overcome this."

Governor Phil Bryant who led the briefing in city hall said, "An EF-4 tornado is deadly.  It is, as we see bring devastation not only to property but individuals."

Search crews continued looking for more tornado victims throughout the day.  By late afternoon it was revealed that one person was still missing, and it was a child who was not being identified.

12 adults are in critical condition, three children are in critical condition, five adults and three children are in serious condition, and 14 adults are in fair condition. 

Jack Mazurak, spokesman for UMMC, says the patients have been triaged and transported to  Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Baptist Golden Triangle in Columbus, Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville and North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

First responders from UMMC remain on the scene with a mobile treatment unit set up at the Walmart in Louisville. The mobile unit is staffed by 16 members of the UMMC medical team.

Winston Medical Center was evacuated and closed shortly after the storm due to tornado damage. The Mississippi State Department of Health and other health experts are evaluating circumstances to determine if the medical center can reopen.

Winston County Coroner, Scott Grady, had confirmed seven fatalities in his county, as the search for survivors and more victims continues.

If you are missing a loved one in Louisville MS, you can go to Louisville Elementary school to report the person missing or call 662-803-9991.

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