October 21, 2020

Troubling trends: Latest statistics show rising coronavirus cases, record spike in hospitalizations

Mississippi’s 14-day average of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases continued to rise Thursday, setting another record, but perhaps more troubling was the sharp spike in hospitalization numbers.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported Thursday an additional 870 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours bringing the total cases to 28,770. The state estimates more than 19,000 of those cases have fully recovered.

But state statistics also showed a sharp rise in patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases. More than 75 new patients were hospitalized, in the last 24 hours, the state reported.

In total 863 people were in Mississippi hospitals yesterday, the state reported. The previous record was set the day prior.

The state also reported 10 new deaths were attributed to the virus bringing the total death toll to 1,092.

Mississippi’s 7-day average of new cases dropped to 608 per day as the state’s highest single-day total is now 8 days in the past. Despite declining slightly, the 7-day average remains more than double was it less than two weeks prior.

The 14-day average of daily new cases rose Thursday to 553 cases per day, a new record high.

Mississippi’s death toll from coronavirus includes 529 people from long-term care facilities or 48.4 percent of the total deaths.

Here’s a county-by-county breakdown of total coronavirus cases and deaths across Mississippi:
County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 280 18 44 10
Alcorn 60 1 1 0
Amite 84 2 12 2
Attala 355 23 89 19
Benton 27 0 1 0
Bolivar 298 13 28 4
Calhoun 124 4 23 4
Carroll 161 11 45 9
Chickasaw 264 18 36 11
Choctaw 72 4 0 0
Claiborne 239 10 43 8
Clarke 204 24 19 9
Clay 244 10 0 0
Coahoma 190 6 0 0
Copiah 580 16 29 3
Covington 317 5 1 0
Desoto 1442 16 18 5
Forrest 829 42 95 29
Franklin 39 2 3 1
George 75 3 1 0
Greene 96 8 34 5
Grenada 396 5 21 2
Hancock 123 13 8 4
Harrison 794 10 58 4
Hinds 2247 39 133 14
Holmes 536 41 98 20
Humphreys 130 9 18 6
Issaquena 8 1 0 0
Itawamba 130 8 34 7
Jackson 557 16 44 5
Jasper 251 6 0 0
Jefferson 96 3 0 0
Jefferson Davis 107 4 3 1
Jones 1091 49 151 32
Kemper 176 14 38 9
Lafayette 368 4 42 1
Lamar 431 7 3 2
Lauderdale 894 79 201 51
Lawrence 162 1 0 0
Leake 565 19 3 0
Lee 518 16 61 10
Leflore 474 49 168 34
Lincoln 437 34 111 26
Lowndes 459 12 21 6
Madison 1242 34 134 18
Marion 263 11 15 2
Marshall 212 3 5 0
Monroe 375 29 95 24
Montgomery 124 2 0 0
Neshoba 970 70 90 27
Newton 332 9 5 0
Noxubee 247 8 15 3
Oktibbeha 516 25 112 18
Panola 295 6 2 1
Pearl River 245 32 47 12
Perry 63 4 0 0
Pike 393 12 31 6
Pontotoc 261 6 3 1
Prentiss 100 3 24 3
Quitman 69 0 0 0
Rankin 860 12 27 0
Scott 757 15 13 2
Sharkey 27 0 0 0
Simpson 271 3 2 0
Smith 211 11 52 8
Stone 54 1 0 0
Sunflower 321 6 0 0
Tallahatchie 115 3 3 1
Tate 264 8 26 5
Tippah 127 11 0 0
Tishomingo 73 1 2 0
Tunica 90 3 12 2
Union 181 9 20 8
Walthall 179 4 0 0
Warren 463 17 39 9
Washington 512 9 8 1
Wayne 522 12 26 2
Webster 126 10 52 9
Wilkinson 92 9 5 2
Winston 244 6 29 3
Yalobusha 166 7 35 7
Yazoo 478 6 19 2
Total 28,770 1,092 2,686 529