The Latest: Mississippi coronavirus cases top 5,000; deaths top 200

Published 10:45 am Thursday, April 23, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi topped 5,000 and the number of deaths from the virus reached 200 as both cases and deaths continue to climb.

Mississippi State Health Department officials announced Thursday afternoon the latest COVID-19 coronavirus cases and deaths within the state.

The state reported 8 more people died in the state over the last 24 hours due to the virus, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 201.

State health officials reported 259 new confirmed cases of the virus Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 5,153 cases since March 11. It was the 15th day in a row the number of new cases rose by more than 100. Only three other days reported a higher number of cases.

State health officials are also now reporting racial breakdowns of both cases and deaths.

Black Mississippians make up 53% of all positive coronavirus cases. But blacks make up 62% of the deaths related to the virus.

The state also tracks the number cases found in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes that are considered high risk due to their residents being in close confines, often being older and often having underlying health issues.

For the sake of reporting, the state considers even a single case of coronavirus among staff or residents of these facilities as an “outbreak” and are tracked by county below.

Here are the county by county numbers:

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases
Adams 101 7 14
Alcorn 8 0 0
Amite 24 1 2
Attala 62 0 4
Benton 9 0 0
Bolivar 89 7 13
Calhoun 43 2 19
Carroll 15 1 0
Chickasaw 52 4 16
Choctaw 13 1 0
Claiborne 12 0 0
Clarke 37 3 9
Clay 28 2 0
Coahoma 53 2 1
Copiah 59 1 1
Covington 40 0 0
Desoto 252 4 2
Forrest 164 6 15
Franklin 17 0 0
George 10 1 0
Greene 4 0 0
Grenada 27 0 14
Hancock 55 5 6
Harrison 152 6 2
Hinds 383 6 9
Holmes 83 5 11
Humphreys 14 3 1
Itawamba 30 1 11
Jackson 228 6 34
Jasper 27 1 0
Jefferson 5 0 0
Jefferson Davis 13 1 0
Jones 94 0 4
Kemper 27 0 1
Lafayette 81 3 10
Lamar 79 2 0
Lauderdale 249 18 64
Lawrence 25 0 0
Leake 118 1 0
Lee 66 4 4
Leflore 119 13 26
Lincoln 125 7 41
Lowndes 36 1 2
Madison 165 4 10
Marion 53 4 12
Marshall 40 2 0
Monroe 109 9 44
Montgomery 16 1 0
Neshoba 102 2 1
Newton 45 0 1
Noxubee 29 0 0
Oktibbeha 45 3 6
Panola 38 2 0
Pearl River 142 11 28
Perry 23 1 0
Pike 126 3 8
Pontotoc 18 2 1
Prentiss 29 0 17
Quitman 14 0 0
Rankin 153 4 4
Scott 177 0 7
Sharkey 4 0 0
Simpson 33 0 2
Smith 53 3 17
Stone 22 0 0
Sunflower 51 2 0
Tallahatchie 9 1 0
Tate 35 0 1
Tippah 49 7 0
Tishomingo 5 0 0
Tunica 34 1 12
Union 14 1 0
Walthall 27 0 0
Warren 32 2 0
Washington 71 3 4
Wayne 17 0 0
Webster 16 1 0
Wilkinson 65 6 4
Winston 37 0 0
Yalobusha 17 0 0
Yazoo 110 1 0
Total 5,153 201 515