October 21, 2020

Mississippi coronavirus cases rising, hospitalized patients at record high

Mississippi hit a new record in COVID-19 coronavirus patients hospitalized in the state Thursday as hospital leaders at the state’s biggest hospital begged citizens to take the pandemic seriously and follow precautionary guidelines.

The state reported 941 patients were hospitalized with either confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19. The state said 187 patients were in ICU beds and 104 required mechanical ventilation.

“We are begging and we are asking for the people in Mississippi to get on board with us and stop acting like everything is normal. It’s not,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodard, Vice Chancellor of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “We are in a pandemic. We are still in the middle of a storm. It’s not over.”

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported Thursday an additional 703 new COVID-19 coronavirus cases confirmed in the last 24 hours bringing the total cases to 33,591.

The state estimates more than 22,000 of those cases have fully recovered.

The state also reported 16 new deaths Thursday attributed to the virus bringing the total death toll to 1,204. Three of the deaths reported Thursday occurred between June 28 and July 8, but the reporting was delayed.

Mississippi’s 7-day average of new cases dropped slightly to 689 and the 14-day average of daily new cases dropped to 648.

Mississippi’s death toll from coronavirus includes 580 people from long-term care facilities, representing approximately 48.2 percent of all deaths.

Totals of all reported cases since March 11, including those in long-term care (LTC) facilities.

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 340 19 44 11
Alcorn 85 2 1 1
Amite 106 3 13 2
Attala 375 24 89 19
Benton 42 0 1 0
Bolivar 380 18 36 6
Calhoun 147 5 23 4
Carroll 173 11 45 9
Chickasaw 292 19 36 11
Choctaw 75 4 0 0
Claiborne 293 10 43 8
Clarke 214 25 19 9
Clay 255 11 2 1
Coahoma 215 6 0 0
Copiah 631 15 29 3
Covington 419 5 2 0
Desoto 1818 18 20 5
Forrest 939 43 95 29
Franklin 49 2 3 1
George 102 3 1 0
Greene 108 10 34 6
Grenada 535 7 43 4
Hancock 138 13 9 4
Harrison 1040 14 96 7
Hinds 2697 48 149 17
Holmes 573 41 98 20
Humphreys 159 10 18 6
Issaquena 10 1 0 0
Itawamba 141 8 34 7
Jackson 727 17 46 5
Jasper 267 6 1 0
Jefferson 117 3 0 0
Jefferson Davis 116 4 3 1
Jones 1173 49 157 34
Kemper 180 14 38 9
Lafayette 437 4 42 1
Lamar 502 7 3 2
Lauderdale 942 81 202 52
Lawrence 199 2 0 0
Leake 613 20 3 0
Lee 586 21 65 14
Leflore 522 56 173 41
Lincoln 509 35 111 26
Lowndes 526 13 25 6
Madison 1382 36 135 18
Marion 313 12 15 2
Marshall 269 3 6 0
Monroe 436 35 99 29
Montgomery 149 3 0 0
Neshoba 1022 74 102 27
Newton 357 10 7 1
Noxubee 275 8 15 3
Oktibbeha 568 28 130 18
Panola 399 6 2 1
Pearl River 276 32 50 12
Perry 76 4 0 0
Pike 470 20 41 10
Pontotoc 326 6 3 1
Prentiss 112 3 24 3
Quitman 89 1 0 0
Rankin 1035 15 33 0
Scott 792 15 14 2
Sharkey 42 0 1 0
Simpson 373 3 2 0
Smith 234 12 52 8
Stone 73 2 2 1
Sunflower 452 8 1 0
Tallahatchie 166 4 3 1
Tate 323 13 28 9
Tippah 144 11 0 0
Tishomingo 92 1 2 0
Tunica 119 3 12 2
Union 238 11 20 8
Walthall 226 7 2 1
Warren 553 20 39 9
Washington 643 10 13 1
Wayne 554 16 31 3
Webster 128 11 52 10
Wilkinson 95 9 5 2
Winston 287 11 34 8
Yalobusha 193 8 35 7
Yazoo 543 6 20 2
Total 33,591 1,204 2,882 580