November 28, 2020

Mississippi’s fight against coronavirus got ugly last week; here’s where the virus grew fastest

By all accounts, last week was an ugly one in Mississippi’s battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus as new case numbers skyrocketed.

Week over week, the high number of new COVID-19 cases caused the total case volumes to rise by more than 19% across the state. Each of Mississippi’s 82 counties saw an increase in new cases over the prior week, using data provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health Monday and the prior Monday.

In several counties, particularly in some of Mississippi’s most rural areas, the percentages of growth were extremely high.

Issaquena County with a population of approximately 1,300 had managed to avoid having any resident infected with the virus until last week when six people were confirmed to have COVID-19.

Neighboring Sharkey County also saw a dramatic rise in cases – 84.6% week over week.

Grenada County saw 82.1% growth over the same period.

In total, Mississippi recorded an additional 4,280 new cases last week, a dramatic increase over the prior several weeks. By comparison, the weekly average of new confirmed cases from May 1 through June 22 was just above 2,000 cases per week.

Here’s a county-by-county look at case growth, week over week:

County Current week Prior week New cases last week New case growth %
Adams 253 232 21 9.1%
Alcorn 53 35 18 51.4%
Amite 80 75 5 6.7%
Attala 347 336 11 3.3%
Benton 27 20 7 35.0%
Bolivar 254 208 46 22.1%
Calhoun 114 96 18 18.8%
Carroll 149 133 16 12.0%
Chickasaw 246 196 50 25.5%
Choctaw 71 65 6 9.2%
Claiborne 220 168 52 31.0%
Clarke 196 182 14 7.7%
Clay 237 210 27 12.9%
Coahoma 180 161 19 11.8%
Copiah 558 476 82 17.2%
Covington 269 238 31 13.0%
Desoto 1293 912 381 41.8%
Forrest 786 729 57 7.8%
Franklin 35 30 5 16.7%
George 72 53 19 35.8%
Greene 88 70 18 25.7%
Grenada 355 195 160 82.1%
Hancock 120 103 17 16.5%
Harrison 688 464 224 48.3%
Hinds 2048 1,536 512 33.3%
Holmes 514 489 25 5.1%
Humphreys 115 93 22 23.7%
Issaquena 6 6
Itawamba 119 109 10 9.2%
Jackson 493 402 91 22.6%
Jasper 239 212 27 12.7%
Jefferson 83 63 20 31.7%
Jefferson Davis 102 90 12 13.3%
Jones 1033 928 105 11.3%
Kemper 172 168 4 2.4%
Lafayette 330 254 76 29.9%
Lamar 393 341 52 15.2%
Lauderdale 872 847 25 3.0%
Lawrence 149 129 20 15.5%
Leake 533 503 30 6.0%
Lee 460 374 86 23.0%
Leflore 455 420 35 8.3%
Lincoln 430 378 52 13.8%
Lowndes 438 384 54 14.1%
Madison 1181 995 186 18.7%
Marion 233 186 47 25.3%
Marshall 195 142 53 37.3%
Monroe 342 311 31 10.0%
Montgomery 112 104 8 7.7%
Neshoba 938 893 45 5.0%
Newton 329 323 6 1.9%
Noxubee 242 223 19 8.5%
Oktibbeha 477 420 57 13.6%
Panola 246 179 67 37.4%
Pearl River 237 226 11 4.9%
Perry 59 55 4 7.3%
Pike 347 278 69 24.8%
Pontotoc 203 128 75 58.6%
Prentiss 94 78 16 20.5%
Quitman 65 49 16 32.7%
Rankin 798 611 187 30.6%
Scott 733 700 33 4.7%
Sharkey 24 13 11 84.6%
Simpson 209 166 43 25.9%
Smith 203 187 16 8.6%
Stone 50 42 8 19.0%
Sunflower 247 155 92 59.4%
Tallahatchie 93 64 29 45.3%
Tate 242 182 60 33.0%
Tippah 119 106 13 12.3%
Tishomingo 61 52 9 17.3%
Tunica 88 76 12 15.8%
Union 166 128 38 29.7%
Walthall 168 133 35 26.3%
Warren 409 331 78 23.6%
Washington 427 302 125 41.4%
Wayne 509 434 75 17.3%
Webster 122 118 4 3.4%
Wilkinson 89 85 4 4.7%
Winston 230 178 52 29.2%
Yalobusha 151 132 19 14.4%
Yazoo 454 395 59 14.9%
Total 26567 22,287 4,280 19.2%