New coronavirus cases shatter previous daily record in Mississippi, just as state eases restrictions

Published 12:18 pm Friday, May 1, 2020

Mississippi’s COVID-19 coronavirus cases set a new daily record with data reported Friday by the Mississippi State Health Department. The number of deaths also hit a new daily record, but the number included deaths that occurred weeks ago, but were previously under investigation.

State health officials reported 397 new cases. It was the 23rd day in a row the number of new cases rose by more than 100 cases per day.

The state reported 20 more people died in the state due to the virus, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 281. That set a daily death record, but included 11 deaths that occurred between March 29 and April 16, but were previously unreported.

The state reported that 110 deaths were of residents of long-term care facilities or 39 percent of all deaths in the state.

The number of patients hospitalized with the virus also set a new daily record with 454. It was fourth consecutive day in a row that hospitalization number set daily records.

Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said the number of deaths of residents of long-term care facilities was “probably an increasing concern.”

“That’s where the virus can spread easily if the conditions are right for that to happen and we also know that’s a vulnerable population,” Dobbs said Thursday afternoon. “I know people are really anxious to go see their relatives in long-term care and congregant settings but please be patient and know that we’re working diligently to try and protect them as much as possible.”

The state said 160 patients were in ICU beds and 75 required mechanical ventilation.

Here are the county by county numbers:

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 148 8 25 4
Alcorn 10 1 0 0
Amite 29 0 1 0
Attala 109 0 26 0
Benton 12 0 1 0
Bolivar 102 7 13 1
Calhoun 52 3 23 3
Carroll 58 1 2 0
Chickasaw 75 8 22 6
Choctaw 13 1 0 0
Claiborne 23 0 0 0
Clarke 55 3 10 2
Clay 42 2 0 0
Coahoma 64 3 1 0
Copiah 108 1 1 1
Covington 67 0 0 0
Desoto 293 4 2 1
Forrest 219 12 21 6
Franklin 16 1 0 0
George 14 1 0 0
Greene 5 1 0 0
Grenada 32 0 14 0
Hancock 62 5 7 3
Harrison 177 6 1 1
Hinds 496 8 14 4
Holmes 153 9 27 2
Humphreys 24 3 5 1
Itawamba 59 3 32 2
Jackson 267 6 40 1
Jasper 48 1 0 0
Jefferson 20 0 0 0
Jefferson Davis 35 1 2 0
Jones 159 2 11 0
Kemper 64 3 14 1
Lafayette 89 3 35 0
Lamar 111 2 1 0
Lauderdale 365 23 85 14
Lawrence 46 0 1 0
Leake 219 2 0 0
Lee 71 4 5 0
Leflore 164 17 30 7
Lincoln 143 11 47 7
Lowndes 58 2 4 1
Madison 251 8 30 5
Marion 75 7 14 2
Marshall 44 2 0 0
Monroe 161 16 84 14
Montgomery 29 1 0 0
Neshoba 205 4 19 0
Newton 87 0 1 0
Noxubee 73 0 9 0
Oktibbeha 51 3 9 3
Panola 39 2 0 0
Pearl River 175 20 38 6
Perry 27 1 0 0
Pike 149 7 12 4
Pontotoc 18 2 1 0
Prentiss 32 1 20 1
Quitman 15 0 0 0
Rankin 194 5 6 0
Scott 339 0 10 0
Sharkey 5 0 0 0
Simpson 47 0 2 0
Smith 76 4 20 2
Stone 22 0 0 0
Sunflower 55 2 0 0
Tallahatchie 11 1 0 0
Tate 42 0 1 0
Tippah 56 10 0 0
Tishomingo 7 0 1 0
Tunica 35 2 12 2
Union 19 1 2 0
Walthall 32 0 0 0
Warren 74 2 1 0
Washington 77 3 4 1
Wayne 23 0 0 0
Webster 19 1 0 0
Wilkinson 69 7 5 2
Winston 44 0 0 0
Yalobusha 20 0 0 0
Yazoo 139 1 1 0
Total 7,212 281 825 110

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

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