October 21, 2020

Mississippi’s coronavirus fight: Another day, more bad records set; Here’s what we know.

For the second day in a row, Mississippi hit another new record Friday in COVID-19 coronavirus patients hospitalized as the two-week average of new daily cases continued to climb to an all-time high.

The new hospitalization record came one day after state hospital leaders joined together to beg citizens to take the pandemic seriously and follow precautionary guidelines to avoid further pressure on the already stressed hospital system. The Mississippi State Health Department reported Thursday that five of the state’s biggest hospitals had no available ICU beds and several more hospitals were near-maximum capacity as well.

The state reported Friday 981 patients were hospitalized with either confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19. The state said 205 patients were in ICU beds and 103 required mechanical ventilation.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported Friday an additional 1,031 new COVID-19 coronavirus cases confirmed in the last 24 hours bringing the total cases to 34,622.

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

The state also reported 161 new deaths Friday attributed to the virus bringing the total death toll to 1,215.

Mississippi’s 7-day average of new cases rose to 705 and the 14-day average of daily new cases rose to 683, which was an all-time high.

Mississippi’s death toll from coronavirus includes 586 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 347 19 44 11
Alcorn 94 2 1 1
Amite 108 3 13 2
Attala 383 24 89 19
Benton 44 0 1 0
Bolivar 394 18 37 6
Calhoun 160 5 23 4
Carroll 174 11 45 9
Chickasaw 293 19 35 11
Choctaw 75 4 0 0
Claiborne 300 11 43 8
Clarke 217 25 19 9
Clay 256 11 2 1
Coahoma 219 6 1 0
Copiah 642 15 29 3
Covington 429 5 3 0
Desoto 1865 19 20 5
Forrest 972 43 95 29
Franklin 54 2 3 1
George 112 3 1 0
Greene 112 10 34 6
Grenada 569 8 43 5
Hancock 141 13 9 4
Harrison 1096 15 98 8
Hinds 2824 49 151 17
Holmes 579 41 98 20
Humphreys 161 10 18 6
Issaquena 10 1 0 0
Itawamba 145 8 34 7
Jackson 744 18 47 6
Jasper 271 6 1 0
Jefferson 122 3 0 0
Jefferson Davis 118 4 3 1
Jones 1185 49 157 34
Kemper 183 14 38 9
Lafayette 464 4 42 1
Lamar 522 7 3 2
Lauderdale 954 81 202 52
Lawrence 202 2 0 0
Leake 621 20 3 0
Lee 600 22 66 15
Leflore 528 56 173 41
Lincoln 519 35 114 26
Lowndes 536 13 25 6
Madison 1419 36 135 18
Marion 324 12 15 2
Marshall 276 3 6 0
Monroe 439 35 105 29
Montgomery 151 3 0 0
Neshoba 1039 76 104 29
Newton 367 10 7 1
Noxubee 277 8 15 3
Oktibbeha 589 28 132 18
Panola 432 6 2 1
Pearl River 281 32 50 12
Perry 79 4 0 0
Pike 488 20 41 10
Pontotoc 339 6 3 1
Prentiss 117 3 24 3
Quitman 97 1 0 0
Rankin 1063 15 53 0
Scott 809 15 14 2
Sharkey 47 0 1 0
Simpson 384 3 2 0
Smith 237 12 52 8
Stone 73 2 2 1
Sunflower 470 8 1 0
Tallahatchie 178 4 3 1
Tate 333 13 28 9
Tippah 144 11 0 0
Tishomingo 97 1 2 0
Tunica 121 3 12 2
Union 246 11 20 8
Walthall 249 7 2 1
Warren 577 20 39 9
Washington 700 10 13 1
Wayne 560 18 31 3
Webster 134 11 52 10
Wilkinson 96 9 5 2
Winston 296 11 38 8
Yalobusha 202 8 35 7
Yazoo 548 6 20 2
Total 34,622 1,215 2,927 586