Mississippi coronavirus cases still rising; five more deaths reported; county by county test results

Published 11:15 am Saturday, March 28, 2020

Mississippi State Department of Health officials reported Saturday that the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread across the state and the state death toll keeps rising.

The state released data updated through Friday evening that showed another 84 cases of the virus had been found, bringing the total cases to 663.

The death toll rose by 5 people since the state’s last update. In total 13 people in Mississippi have now died as a result of the virus.

Here’s a county by county update on where the virus has been located in Mississippi:

County Cases Deaths
Adams 6
Amite 1
Attala 9
Benton 2
Bolivar 11
Calhoun 3
Chickasaw 10
Choctaw 4
Clarke 1
Clay 2
Coahoma 18
Copiah 8
Covington 1
Desoto 65 1
Forrest 18
Franklin 3
George 1
Grenada 2
Hancock 9 1
Harrison 38 1
Hinds 58
Holmes 13 1
Humphreys 2
Itawamba 3
Jackson 33
Jefferson 1
Jones 3
Kemper 1
Lafayette 11
Lamar 4
Lauderdale 12
Lawrence 5
Leake 4
Lee 17 1
Leflore 15
Lincoln 8
Lowndes 10
Madison 29
Marion 3
Marshall 11
Monroe 3
Montgomery 5
Neshoba 3
Newton 1
Noxubee 2
Oktibbeha 14
Panola 4
Pearl River 23
Perry 2 1
Pike 12
Pontotoc 4
Prentiss 2
Quitman 4
Rankin 31 1
Scott 7
Sharkey 1
Simpson 2
Smith 1
Sunflower 7 1
Tallahatchie 2
Tate 8
Tippah 18 2
Tunica 6 1
Union 3
Walthall 5
Washington 13
Webster 3 1
Wilkinson 11 1
Winston 4
Yalobusha 3
Yazoo 4
Total 663 13

A number of physicians around the state have cautioned the public that the actual numbers are likely much higher because state testing resources were slow to develop.

And while total cases found so far tend to be higher in areas of the state with the greatest population, the highest infection rates seem to be in smaller, more rural areas of the state.

On Friday, the state’s biggest hospital, the University of Mississippi Medical Center announced it would begin testing in-house, which should quickly increase the number of tests completed each day.