October 28, 2020

Mississippi coronavirus fight: ‘We are now skyrocketing,’ state epidemiologist says

Mississippi reported a near-record number of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases on Tuesday along with dozens of recent deaths resulting from the virus and state health officials urged Mississippians to “stay home” if at all possible.

The state reported 957 new coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours and a total of 44 deaths. The state reported that 10 of the deaths reported actually occurred between June 17 and June 18, but the reporting was delayed.

“The coronavirus is the worse that it’s been this whole time. We’re seeing massive numbers of new cases,” Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said Tuesday.

“I just challenge you to call any of your primary care docs or urgent care clinics and say ‘Hey what are you seeing?’  They are just overburdened with people showing up getting coronavirus tests.”

Dobbs said he applauded cities across the state that are imposing mask requirements

“(We) would encourage every community, every city, every county to look at enacting a mask ordinance such that we can protect our citizens as much as possible,” he said.

The state reported 624 confirmed COVID patients were hospitalized yesterday with 167 in ICU beds and 93 requiring ventilation.

“We’re seeing increased numbers of hospitalizations and increased stress on the health system,” Dobbs said.

Because of the pressure on hospitals in certain counties, the state will begin restricting elected medical procedures in six counties to free up hospital resources.

Those counties include: Hinds, Rankin, Madison, Forrest, Jones and Washington counties.

“We’ll probably have to add additional counties as this continues to expand,” Dobbs said.

Dobbs said some hospitals in the Jackson area and others are beginning to fill up and have had to ship patients out of state.

Mississippi State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said the virus numbers may foretell worse days ahead.

“We are now skyrocketing,” he said. “We may be in for a rough summer and a rougher fall.”

Here’s a county by county breakdown of coronavirus cases and deaths:

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 315 18 44 10
Alcorn 74 2 1 1
Amite 104 3 13 2
Attala 365 23 89 19
Benton 42 0 1 0
Bolivar 356 18 30 6
Calhoun 141 4 23 4
Carroll 168 11 45 9
Chickasaw 287 19 36 11
Choctaw 75 4 0 0
Claiborne 284 10 43 8
Clarke 210 25 19 9
Clay 249 11 1 1
Coahoma 205 6 0 0
Copiah 620 15 29 3
Covington 375 5 2 0
Desoto 1724 18 19 5
Forrest 916 43 95 29
Franklin 45 2 3 1
George 91 3 1 0
Greene 105 9 34 6
Grenada 506 7 34 4
Hancock 134 13 9 4
Harrison 969 11 82 5
Hinds 2591 41 134 15
Holmes 560 41 98 20
Humphreys 156 9 18 6
Issaquena 10 1 0 0
Itawamba 137 8 34 7
Jackson 689 17 46 5
Jasper 267 6 0 0
Jefferson 110 3 0 0
Jefferson Davis 113 4 3 1
Jones 1140 49 154 32
Kemper 179 14 38 9
Lafayette 409 4 42 1
Lamar 491 7 3 2
Lauderdale 922 80 201 51
Lawrence 187 2 0 0
Leake 589 19 3 0
Lee 562 20 63 14
Leflore 500 53 168 37
Lincoln 484 34 111 26
Lowndes 509 13 21 6
Madison 1326 35 135 18
Marion 300 12 15 2
Marshall 258 3 5 0
Monroe 425 34 99 28
Montgomery 139 2 0 0
Neshoba 1004 73 96 27
Newton 347 9 6 0
Noxubee 272 8 15 3
Oktibbeha 552 27 128 18
Panola 364 6 2 1
Pearl River 265 32 48 12
Perry 72 4 0 0
Pike 454 16 40 8
Pontotoc 304 6 3 1
Prentiss 110 3 24 3
Quitman 81 1 0 0
Rankin 982 13 33 0
Scott 779 15 14 2
Sharkey 37 0 1 0
Simpson 345 3 2 0
Smith 229 11 52 8
Stone 69 2 0 0
Sunflower 420 8 1 0
Tallahatchie 145 4 3 1
Tate 310 11 28 8
Tippah 138 11 0 0
Tishomingo 89 1 2 0
Tunica 113 3 12 2
Union 218 10 20 8
Walthall 205 6 1 1
Warren 532 18 39 9
Washington 617 10 8 1
Wayne 545 15 27 2
Webster 127 11 52 10
Wilkinson 93 9 5 2
Winston 280 8 32 5
Yalobusha 180 7 35 7
Yazoo 523 6 19 2
Total 32,214 1,158 2,792 558