‘Everyone is still at risk’ – Mississippi’s new coronavirus cases, deaths continue at steady pace

Published 11:25 am Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mississippi reported a steady number of new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus and deaths Wednesday, keeping in line with the recent trailing 7- and 14-day averages.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported an additional 263 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours bringing the total cases to 11,967.

The state announced Tuesday morning 16 new deaths were attributed to the virus bringing the total death toll to 570.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs issued a warning earlier in the week that despite some easing of business restrictions, the virus is still circulating in Mississippi.

“Coronavirus is actively circulating in our communities and everyone is still at risk,” he said. “Most people spreading coronavirus don’t even know they have it. It’s impossible to know for sure if someone you’re around has coronavirus … Social distancing and masks can prevent coronavirus transmission.

“When you are in public, please always wear a mask,” Dobbs said. “It’s the right thing to do.”

Mississippi’s 14-day average of daily new cases rose to 253 cases per day with Wednesday’s updated statistics. The 7-day average of new cases rose slightly to 268 per day.

The state reported that 281 deaths were of residents of long-term care facilities or approximately 49 percent of all deaths in the state.

Here are the county by county numbers:

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 178 15 39 8
Alcorn 12 1 0 0
Amite 48 1 6 1
Attala 259 10 66 10
Benton 13 0 1 0
Bolivar 132 10 16 4
Calhoun 59 4 23 4
Carroll 111 8 45 6
Chickasaw 117 12 34 8
Choctaw 24 2 0 0
Claiborne 51 1 2 0
Clarke 120 16 16 7
Clay 86 3 0 0
Coahoma 86 3 0 0
Copiah 211 4 0 0
Covington 117 1 1 0
Desoto 418 5 13 1
Forrest 438 32 82 22
Franklin 22 1 1 0
George 19 1 0 0
Greene 7 1 0 0
Grenada 63 2 14 2
Hancock 81 10 7 3
Harrison 220 6 1 1
Hinds 800 23 77 13
Holmes 320 21 70 10
Humphreys 49 5 15 3
Itawamba 81 7 33 6
Jackson 288 13 39 4
Jasper 123 3 0 0
Jefferson 38 0 0 0
Jefferson Davis 69 2 3 1
Jones 366 12 48 5
Kemper 110 10 26 6
Lafayette 110 3 37 0
Lamar 205 4 4 2
Lauderdale 616 46 162 28
Lawrence 80 0 1 0
Leake 367 7 3 0
Lee 95 5 8 1
Leflore 205 23 52 11
Lincoln 222 18 68 14
Lowndes 135 6 17 4
Madison 573 18 89 11
Marion 97 8 14 2
Marshall 68 3 2 0
Monroe 226 23 92 20
Montgomery 75 1 0 0
Neshoba 452 26 51 14
Newton 206 3 2 0
Noxubee 145 4 14 3
Oktibbeha 110 8 29 5
Panola 54 2 0 0
Pearl River 197 27 44 9
Perry 38 2 0 0
Pike 186 11 14 6
Pontotoc 26 2 3 0
Prentiss 36 3 22 3
Quitman 21 0 0 0
Rankin 310 6 5 0
Scott 567 10 13 2
Sharkey 7 0 0 0
Simpson 79 0 4 0
Smith 121 10 29 7
Stone 26 0 0 0
Sunflower 70 3 0 0
Tallahatchie 21 1 0 0
Tate 56 1 2 0
Tippah 69 11 0 0
Tishomingo 21 0 1 0
Tunica 45 2 12 2
Union 65 4 18 3
Walthall 46 0 0 0
Warren 136 5 34 3
Washington 139 4 6 1
Wayne 51 0 2 0
Webster 22 1 0 0
Wilkinson 80 9 5 2
Winston 86 0 0 0
Yalobusha 75 3 24 3
Yazoo 194 2 7 0
Total 11,967 570 1,568 281

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

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