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.

 

County 31-Mar 7-Apr % increase
Smith 1 11 1000%
Kemper 1 10 900%
Carroll 1 7 600%
Warren 1 7 600%
Perry 3 14 367%
Lamar 5 18 260%
Yazoo 9 32 256%
Covington 2 7 250%
Newton 2 7 250%
Simpson 2 7 250%
Calhoun 3 10 233%
Scott 10 32 220%
Claiborne 1 3 200%
Jefferson 1 3 200%
Leake 5 15 200%
Monroe 6 18 200%
Neshoba 4 12 200%
Quitman 3 9 200%
Sharkey 1 3 200%
Forrest 21 59 181%
Walthall 5 14 180%
Panola 7 19 171%
Jackson 40 108 170%
Grenada 3 8 167%
Marion 5 13 160%
Clarke 4 10 150%
Clay 4 10 150%
Prentiss 4 10 150%
Bolivar 22 54 145%
Winston 7 17 143%
Adams 10 24 140%
Pontotoc 5 12 140%
Webster 5 12 140%
Jones 6 14 133%
Wilkinson 14 32 129%
Sunflower 11 25 127%
Lauderdale 35 78 123%
Alcorn 3 6 100%
Union 3 6 100%
Washington 20 40 100%
Harrison 45 89 98%
Madison 42 82 95%
Rankin 40 78 95%
Hancock 16 31 94%
Lincoln 11 21 91%
Copiah 9 17 89%
Hinds 90 169 88%
Pearl River 30 56 87%
Yalobusha 6 11 83%
Pike 17 31 82%
Amite 4 7 75%
Marshall 14 24 71%
Montgomery 7 12 71%
Oktibbeha 17 29 71%
Desoto 84 140 67%
Franklin 3 5 67%
George 3 5 67%
Holmes 15 25 67%
Humphreys 3 5 67%
Itawamba 3 5 67%
Lafayette 15 25 67%
Noxubee 3 5 67%
Tate 11 18 64%
Lee 24 38 58%
Attala 10 15 50%
Choctaw 6 9 50%
Tallahatchie 2 3 50%
Lowndes 11 16 45%
Coahoma 21 30 43%
Tunica 12 17 42%
Tippah 26 36 38%
Leflore 19 26 37%
Benton 4 5 25%
Chickasaw 13 15 15%
Lawrence 5 5 0%
Tishomingo 1 1 0%
Mississippi 937 1902 104%