October 21, 2020

COVID-19 patients top 1,000 in Mississippi’s hospitals; more than 10,000 cases in last two weeks

Mississippi’s hospitals continued to be pressured Monday with more than 1,000 people hospitalized with the COVID-19 coronavirus, a new record high.

The state reported 758 people with confirmed COVID-19 were hospitalized yesterday with another 262 people with suspected COVID also hospitalized. Of those patients, 208 were in ICU rooms and 110 required a ventilator.

“This is the worst it has ever been for spread of cases in our state,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said. “It’s the most stressed our hospitals have been in our state.”

More than 10,000 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus were discovered in the last two weeks in Mississippi, a mark that took approximately two months to reach when the pandemic first began in March.

Mississippi reported 393 new cases Monday as the 7-day daily average of new cases hit a record high again.

Mississippi’s 7-day average of new cases jumped to 774, which was a new record high. The 14-day average of daily new cases dropped slightly to 722.

The numbers of new cases have been rapidly growing lately and Reeves seemed to suggest it’s because people are not following state guidelines aimed at avoiding the virus.

“Right now, it seems like there’s a good number of people who have resigned themselves to spreading the virus or they believe it’s not real. I’m telling you, it’s real, it is very real.

“We as a state are in the thick of things,” Reeves said Monday afternoon. “The virus is deadly. It is spreading. Our experts believe we are witnessing a more contagious strain tearing through our state.”

Reeves said that Mississippians need to help one another by wearing face masks and being smart.

“This is Mississippi’s moment. This is our time to fight. I believe it’s coming for every corner of this country, but it’s coming at different times. I urge you, stay calm, but stay in control.

“We can beat this thing working together and we can save lives. That is what you’re doing every time you wear a mask. Every little action you take, you are helping to save lives. I believe in my heart we can do this. I also believe in my heart that we have to do this.

“Mask wearing is the best tool we have. It’s not fun, but it’s a helluva lot better than widespread shutdowns,” Reeves said.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported the total cases in the state were 36,680. The state believes nearly 26,000 of those cases have recovered.

The state also reported only 1 new death Monday attributed to the virus bringing the total death toll to 1,250. That was the lowest number of deaths on a single day since March.

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 367 20 44 11
Alcorn 111 2 1 1
Amite 111 3 13 2
Attala 386 24 89 19
Benton 47 0 1 0
Bolivar 416 18 42 6
Calhoun 170 5 23 4
Carroll 183 11 45 9
Chickasaw 302 19 35 11
Choctaw 76 4 0 0
Claiborne 315 11 43 8
Clarke 228 25 19 9
Clay 262 11 2 1
Coahoma 235 6 1 0
Copiah 675 16 30 3
Covington 450 5 3 0
Desoto 2009 20 21 5
Forrest 1043 43 95 29
Franklin 57 2 3 1
George 125 3 1 0
Greene 116 10 34 6
Grenada 625 9 51 5
Hancock 152 13 8 4
Harrison 1183 16 98 9
Hinds 3041 54 152 19
Holmes 598 41 98 20
Humphreys 174 10 18 6
Issaquena 11 1 0 0
Itawamba 147 8 34 7
Jackson 804 19 48 6
Jasper 282 6 1 0
Jefferson 137 3 2 0
Jefferson Davis 125 4 3 1
Jones 1231 49 157 34
Kemper 184 14 38 9
Lafayette 509 4 42 1
Lamar 584 7 3 2
Lauderdale 972 81 202 52
Lawrence 216 2 0 0
Leake 635 20 3 0
Lee 630 22 66 15
Leflore 539 56 173 41
Lincoln 538 35 115 27
Lowndes 549 17 25 8
Madison 1508 39 141 19
Marion 349 12 16 2
Marshall 297 3 6 0
Monroe 460 36 108 30
Montgomery 186 3 0 0
Neshoba 1045 77 106 30
Newton 377 10 7 1
Noxubee 279 9 15 3
Oktibbeha 623 28 132 18
Panola 461 6 3 1
Pearl River 308 32 50 12
Perry 91 4 0 0
Pike 511 20 42 10
Pontotoc 363 6 3 1
Prentiss 127 4 24 3
Quitman 101 1 0 0
Rankin 1137 19 59 5
Scott 831 15 14 2
Sharkey 48 0 1 0
Simpson 453 3 3 0
Smith 256 12 52 8
Stone 77 2 2 1
Sunflower 505 8 1 0
Tallahatchie 197 4 3 1
Tate 395 13 27 8
Tippah 147 11 0 0
Tishomingo 109 1 2 0
Tunica 126 3 12 2
Union 256 12 20 8
Walthall 274 8 15 2
Warren 600 21 39 9
Washington 753 13 24 4
Wayne 568 19 41 4
Webster 135 11 52 10
Wilkinson 101 9 5 2
Winston 302 11 38 8
Yalobusha 208 9 35 7
Yazoo 566 7 20 2
Total 36,680 1,250 3,000 604