September 19, 2020

The Latest: Mississippi marks record spike in new coronavirus cases

Mississippi reported a large spike in COVID-19 coronavirus cases Thursday – more than double the trailing daily average, with more than 1,000 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported an additional 1,092 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours bringing the total cases to 24,512. The state estimates more than 17,000 of those cases have fully recovered.

The state announced Thursday 5 new deaths were attributed to the virus bringing the total death toll to 1,016.

The high case numbers reported Thursday sent the 7- and 14-day, daily new case averages to new highs.

Mississippi’s 7-day average of new cases to rise to 499 per day, a new record high, and more than 100 cases higher than the record set the prior day.

The 14-day average of daily new cases rose Thursday to 431 cases per day, also a new record high.

Mississippi’s death toll from coronavirus includes 503 people from long-term care facilities or 49.5 percent of the total deaths.

The number of people with COVID-19 or suspected of having COVID-19 is also rising. Thursday the state reported that 536 confirmed cases were in hospital beds with another 219 suspected, but not yet confirmed with a positive test, also in the hospital. That’s the highest number of hospitalized patients on record since the start of the pandemic in March.

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 242 18 43 10
Alcorn 47 1 1 0
Amite 81 2 12 2
Attala 341 23 89 19
Benton 25 0 1 0
Bolivar 233 13 24 4
Calhoun 108 4 23 4
Carroll 141 11 45 9
Chickasaw 217 18 36 11
Choctaw 68 3 0 0
Claiborne 200 10 43 8
Clarke 193 22 19 9
Clay 229 7 0 0
Coahoma 175 6 0 0
Copiah 528 12 29 3
Covington 253 5 1 0
Desoto 1091 15 18 4
Forrest 759 42 95 29
Franklin 32 2 3 1
George 60 3 1 0
Greene 75 5 30 3
Grenada 252 4 17 2
Hancock 112 13 8 4
Harrison 562 7 15 2
Hinds 1772 34 92 13
Holmes 501 39 98 19
Humphreys 107 9 18 6
Issaquena 2 0 0 0
Itawamba 112 8 34 7
Jackson 458 16 44 5
Jasper 221 6 0 0
Jefferson 69 3 1 0
Jefferson Davis 94 3 3 1
Jones 994 48 144 31
Kemper 170 13 37 9
Lafayette 303 4 42 1
Lamar 369 7 3 2
Lauderdale 864 78 193 49
Lawrence 140 1 0 0
Leake 520 17 3 0
Lee 429 15 61 9
Leflore 439 48 168 33
Lincoln 411 32 110 25
Lowndes 412 10 19 6
Madison 1082 31 120 16
Marion 215 10 15 2
Marshall 160 3 4 0
Monroe 328 28 94 24
Montgomery 110 2 0 0
Neshoba 922 63 77 25
Newton 325 8 4 0
Noxubee 234 7 15 3
Oktibbeha 448 21 110 16
Panola 221 5 2 1
Pearl River 232 32 47 12
Perry 56 4 0 0
Pike 321 11 21 6
Pontotoc 175 3 3 1
Prentiss 85 3 24 3
Quitman 56 0 0 0
Rankin 682 12 22 0
Scott 721 14 13 2
Sharkey 20 0 0 0
Simpson 187 2 2 0
Smith 199 11 52 8
Stone 48 1 0 0
Sunflower 209 6 0 0
Tallahatchie 85 1 2 0
Tate 221 5 17 3
Tippah 115 11 0 0
Tishomingo 58 1 2 0
Tunica 81 3 12 2
Union 150 8 20 7
Walthall 163 3 0 0
Warren 371 16 39 9
Washington 369 9 7 1
Wayne 461 9 17 1
Webster 124 10 52 9
Wilkinson 87 9 5 2
Winston 217 4 12 1
Yalobusha 141 7 35 7
Yazoo 426 6 19 2
Total 24,516 1,016 2,487 503