Mississippi’s coronavirus cases, deaths steadily rising; number of hospitalized patients reaches new high

Published 11:14 am Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Mississippi’s COVID-19 coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb at a steady pace, the Mississippi State Health Department reported Wednesday and the number of patients hospitalized with the virus inched up to a new all-time high.

State health officials reported 227 new cases. It was the 21st day in a row the number of new cases rose by more than 100.

The state reported 11 more people died in the state over the last 24 hours due to the virus, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 250.

On Tuesday, Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said he was concerned by the growing number of hospitalized coronavirus cases. That number grew by one patient since the prior day marking another new high.

Wednesday’s update showed 430 people were hospitalized with coronavirus. Another 247 patients suspected of having coronavirus, but not yet confirmed by testing, were also hospitalized, the state reported.

“Now is not the time to let down our guard,” Dobbs said Tuesday. “Please, every person exercise as much caution as you can when you are out in public. Don’t go out if you don’t have to. Really, people, we just need to be careful.”

The number of patients reported as being in ICU and being on a ventilator each declined, likely connected to the reported deaths. As of Wednesday’s update, the state reported 151 patients where in ICU beds and 69 were on ventilators.

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 Cases in LTC Facilities
Adams 129 8 22
Alcorn 10 1 0
Amite 26 0 1
Attala 94 0 26
Benton 9 0 0
Bolivar 101 7 13
Calhoun 51 3 22
Carroll 25 1 2
Chickasaw 68 7 22
Choctaw 13 1 0
Claiborne 20 0 0
Clarke 53 3 10
Clay 34 2 0
Coahoma 61 3 1
Copiah 88 1 1
Covington 55 0 0
Desoto 277 4 2
Forrest 198 10 19
Franklin 16 1 0
George 13 1 0
Greene 5 1 0
Grenada 28 0 14
Hancock 61 5 7
Harrison 171 6 1
Hinds 450 7 13
Holmes 129 5 27
Humphreys 22 3 1
Issaquena 0 0 0
Itawamba 51 2 28
Jackson 255 6 39
Jasper 34 1 0
Jefferson 23 0 0
Jefferson Davis 31 1 1
Jones 136 1 10
Kemper 56 1 12
Lafayette 88 3 35
Lamar 102 2 0
Lauderdale 334 19 75
Lawrence 42 0 1
Leake 190 2 0
Lee 70 4 5
Leflore 145 16 28
Lincoln 141 9 47
Lowndes 49 2 3
Madison 224 8 28
Marion 69 5 13
Marshall 42 2 0
Monroe 157 13 79
Montgomery 20 1 0
Neshoba 174 3 3
Newton 78 0 1
Noxubee 61 0 8
Oktibbeha 49 3 7
Panola 38 2 0
Pearl River 157 18 31
Perry 26 1 0
Pike 143 7 12
Pontotoc 18 2 1
Prentiss 32 1 20
Quitman 14 0 0
Rankin 182 5 6
Scott 296 0 8
Sharkey 5 0 0
Simpson 45 0 2
Smith 73 4 20
Stone 22 0 0
Sunflower 53 2 0
Tallahatchie 11 1 0
Tate 41 0 1
Tippah 53 7 0
Tishomingo 7 0 1
Tunica 35 1 12
Union 16 1 2
Walthall 30 0 0
Warren 65 2 0
Washington 77 3 4
Wayne 20 0 0
Webster 17 1 0
Wilkinson 69 7 5
Winston 43 0 0
Yalobusha 19 0 0
Yazoo 134 1 0
Total 6,569 250 752

Table above now lists the number of cases in long-term care facilities, and not the number of facilities with outbreaks.

For more detailed graphics on Mississippi’s coronavirus statistics, please visit:

https://www.magnoliastatelive.com/video-mississippis-coronavirus-case-by-the-numbers/