This Mississippi county is one of nation’s worst COVID-19 coronavirus hot spots

Published 2:58 pm Wednesday, April 15, 2020

As cases of COVID-19 coronavirus rise across the state, one Mississippi county continues to be a hot spot in the entire country.

Wilkinson County in southwest Mississippi is one of the top 50 counties among 3,007 counties in the nation with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita.

Counties in New York and New Jersey continue to outpace the nation topping 2,000 cases per 100,000 people.

Wilkinson County ranks 48th on the list of hot spots in the nation with nearly 600 cases per 100,000 people — one-fifth the rate of Rockland County, New York which has 2,575 cases per 100,000 people.

Orleans Parish in Louisiana has 1,467 confirmed cases of the virus per 100,000 people — a higher infection rate than New York City which has 1,308 cases per 100,000 people.

The infection rate in Wilkinson County has slowed in recent days. Two weeks ago, the number of reported cases were doubling every 5 days. On Wednesday, the number of cases were doubling every 10 days.

To the north, Adams County cases were rising at a faster rate – doubling every four days.

On Wednesday, the top five counties with the highest infection rates per 100,000 people were:

  1. Wilkinson County – 591 cases per 100,000 people (51 total cases)
  2. Holmes County — 306 cases per 100,000 people (52 total cases)
  3. Scott County — 362 cases per 100,000 people(79 total cases)
  4. Tunica County — 239 cases per 100,000 people (23 total cases)
  5. Lincoln County — 237 cases per 100,000 people (81 total cases)

The infection rate is measured as a percentage of a county’s population. Smaller counties, like Wilkinson County, have a higher percentage of cases and therefore a larger infection rate than larger metropolitan counties like Hinds County and Gilf Coast counties.

On Wednesday, Mississippi reported the largest increase in confirmed cases of the virus — an increase of 273 cases. Officials from the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 3,360 cases of the virus and 122 deaths.

On Wednesday, several Mississippi counties saw a significant increase in the number of cases.

In Lincoln County, Marion County, Noxubee County and Simpson County, the number of cases increased more than 60% on Wednesday compared to the numbers reported Tuesday.

Below is a list of the infection rates for each Mississippi county and how fast the cases are rising in each county.

County Infection rate per 100,000 people One-day increase of cases
Wilkinson 591 4.1%
Holmes 306 13.0%
Scott 281 36.2%
Tunica 239 9.5%
Lincoln 237 65.3%
Bolivar 229 2.9%
Smith 226 28.6%
Lauderdale 223 10.0%
Yazoo 219 1.6%
Adams 209 12.3%
Tippah 204 2.3%
Leflore 195 14.6%
Coahoma 194 13.2%
Chickasaw 193 10.0%
Quitman 191 8.3%
Calhoun 188 12.5%
Pearl River 184 15.9%
Pike 183 22.0%
Leake 176 37.9%
Sunflower 167 10.5%
Perry 167 5.3%
Forrest 163 16.2%
Walthall 154 4.8%
Kemper 154 7.1%
Montgomery 153 0.0%
Humphreys 149 9.1%
Webster 144 0.0%
Washington 141 8.8%
Marion 138 61.9%
Attala 138 25.0%
Choctaw 134 0.0%
Monroe 130 24.3%
Franklin 130 0.0%
Jackson 127 23.8%
Copiah 125 12.9%
Winston 123 10.0%
Clarke 122 26.7%
Amite 122 7.1%
Hinds 121 8.1%
Neshoba 120 2.9%
Yalobusha 116 0.0%
Clay 109 5.0%
Desoto 108 11.8%
Madison 105 5.7%
Hancock 103 22.5%
Covington 102 26.7%
Marshall 99 2.9%
Noxubee 96 66.7%
Tate 92 8.3%
Jasper 92 7.1%
Carroll 90 12.5%
Claiborne 89 14.3%
Oktibbeha 83 10.8%
Stone 82 36.4%
Panola 76 13.0%
Lamar 76 26.3%
Rankin 73 13.0%
Sharkey 69 0.0%
Grenada 67 27.3%
Lafayette 67 20.0%
Newton 67 40.0%
Jefferson Davis 63 40.0%
Harrison 62 15.2%
Jones 62 13.5%
Benton 61 0.0%
Prentiss 60 7.1%
Jefferson 57 0.0%
Lawrence 56 16.7%
Lee 54 0.0%
Itawamba 47 22.2%
Pontotoc 47 0.0%
Lowndes 46 8.0%
Simpson 45 71.4%
Wayne 45 0.0%
Tallahatchie 43 50.0%
Warren 33 7.1%
George 33 0.0%
Union 31 28.6%
Greene 22 50.0%
Alcorn 19 0.0%
Tishomingo 10 0.0%