Coronavirus infections rapidly growing in four Mississippi counties while nearly one-third of state shows improvement

Published 4:20 pm Friday, May 1, 2020

As 30 percent of Mississippi’s counties show a marked decline in confirmed coronavirus cases, four counties have shown a significant rise in COVID-19 coronavirus cases in the last eight days.

Carroll County is the current hot spot of the state. In the last six days, Carroll County has seen the number of virus cases triple from 18 cases on April 26 to 58 cases reported on Friday.

Taking just three days for cases to double, virus cases are doubling at a rate three times as fast as the state average.

Comparatively, across the entire state the number of virus cases are doubling every 17 days.

In three other counties —Jefferson County, Noxubee County and Kemper County — the number of virus cases is doubling at a rate twice as fast as the state.

In Neshoba County — where cases are doubling every nine days — residents have seen cases rise from 55 cases two weeks ago to 205 cases on Friday.

Residents in Scott County have seen a similar increase in virus cases from 100 cases two weeks ago to 339 cases on Friday.

On a brighter note, 27 counties have seen cases rise at a much slower rate than the state average — taking more than three weeks for cases to double.

Metropolitan areas such as DeSoto County near Memphis, Harrison County on the Gulf Coast and Rankin County near Jackson are seeing cases double every 21 days or more.

Here is a county-by-county look at how virus cases are increasing across the state.

Number of days it takes cases to double Cases  on Friday
Carroll 3 58
Jefferson 6 20
Kemper 8 64
Noxubee 8 73
Jefferson Davis 9 35
Neshoba 9 205
Warren 9 74
Attala 10 109
Copiah 10 108
Itawamba 10 59
Jasper 10 48
Lawrence 10 46
Leake 10 219
Newton 10 87
Scott 10 339
Wayne 10 23
Claiborne 11 23
Holmes 11 153
Covington 12 67
Humphreys 12 24
Jones 12 159
Monroe 12 161
Clarke 13 55
Simpson 13 47
Adams 14 148
Benton 14 12
Lafayette 14 89
Leflore 14 164
Prentiss 14 32
Tishomingo 14 7
Union 14 19
Grenada 15 32
Lauderdale 15 365
Lincoln 15 143
Madison 15 251
Smith 15 76
Chickasaw 16 75
Clay 16 42
Marion 16 75
State Average 17 4,287
Lamar 17 111
Lowndes 17 58
Pike 17 149
Winston 17 44
Yazoo 17 139
Amite 18 29
Calhoun 18 52
Greene 18 5
Tallahatchie 18 11
Forrest 19 219
Stone 19 22
George 20 14
Hinds 20 496
Montgomery 20 29
Pearl River 20 175
Rankin 21 194
Walthall 21 32
Alcorn 21+ 10
Bolivar 21+ 102
Choctaw 21+ 13
Coahoma 21+ 64
DeSoto 21+ 293
Franklin 21+ 16
Hancock 21+ 62
Harrison 21+ 177
Jackson 21+ 267
Lee 21+ 71
Marshall 21+ 44
Oktibbeha 21+ 51
Panola 21+ 39
Perry 21+ 27
Pontotoc 21+ 18
Quitman 21+ 15
Sharkey 21+ 5
Sunflower 21+ 55
Tate 21+ 42
Tippah 21+ 56
Tunica 21+ 35
Washington 21+ 77
Webster 21+ 19
Wilkinson 21+ 69
Yalobusha 21+ 20