Which Mississippi counties saw a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases last week? Here’s a county-by-county look
Published 2:43 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2020
As Mississippi counties continue to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, some counties have seen dramatic jumps in the number of reported cases.
In the last seven days, one Mississippi county saw its confirmed cases of COVID-10 increase tenfold. One other county, a few miles saw the number of its cases increase by 900%.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 more than doubled in 12 Mississippi county.
On March 31, the Mississippi Department of Health reported one case of the virus in Smith County.
In seven days, the number of cases in the south-central rural county jumped 10 times – or 1000% — to a total of 11 cases.
Similarly, Kemper County on the eastern border of the state saw its number of cases multiply from 1 case to 10 cases — a 900% increase — in the same period between March 31 and April 7.
As a whole, the state experienced a 104% increase in cases in the same period. On March 31, MSDH reported 937 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. Seven days later that number stands a 1,915 case — an increase of 978 cases.
In addition to Smith and Kemper counties, 10 other counties saw the number of virus cases more than double.
- Carroll County — 600% increase
- Warren County — 600% increase
- Perry County — 367% increase
- Lamar County — 260% increase
- Yazoo County — 256% increase
- Covington County — 250% increase
- Newton County — 250% increase
- Simpson County — 250% increase
- Calhoun County — 233% increase
- Scott County — 220% increase
Some counties in the state are just beginning to report cases. On March 31, Green, Jasper, Stone and Wayne counties reported zero cases of the virus. On Tuesday, the counties had reported between 1 and 5 cases since last week.
On Tuesday Jefferson Davis County and Issaquena counties have yet to report any cases.
Some counties have seen the number of cases remain steady or slowly rise in the last seven days. Both Tishomingo County and Lawrence County have not seen any new cases since the last day of March. Benton County has only had one additional case and Chickasaw County has had two new cases reported in the last seven days.
Here is a county-by-county look at how the number of reported COVID-19 cases has increased in Mississippi since March 31.