October 19, 2020

Mississippi had more new coronavirus cases last week than ever; See where cases grew most

Mississippi’s COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak worsened in the last week as new cases continued to grow rapidly, breaking more records.

Week over week, Mississippi’s coronavirus cases rose by more than 5,400 causing the total case volumes to rise by more than 17% across the state for the second-straight week.

Each of Mississippi’s 82 counties saw an increase in new cases over the prior week, using data provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health Monday and the prior Monday.

In several counties, the percentages of growth week over week were well above 40% including:

  • Alcorn County with 56.3% growth
  • Tallahatchie County with 43.8% growth.
  • George County with 40.4% growth
  • Simpson County with 40.2% growth.

In total, Mississippi recorded more than 5,400 new cases last week, a dramatic increase over the prior several weeks. The weekly average of new confirmed cases last week has doubled since mid-June.

Here’s a county-by-county look at case growth, week over week:

County Current week Prior week New cases last week New case growth %
Adams 367 313 54 17.3%
Alcorn 111 71 40 56.3%
Amite 111 91 20 22.0%
Attala 386 361 25 6.9%
Benton 47 38 9 23.7%
Bolivar 416 340 76 22.4%
Calhoun 170 132 38 28.8%
Carroll 183 166 17 10.2%
Chickasaw 302 279 23 8.2%
Choctaw 76 74 2 2.7%
Claiborne 315 279 36 12.9%
Clarke 228 207 21 10.1%
Clay 262 251 11 4.4%
Coahoma 235 201 34 16.9%
Copiah 675 607 68 11.2%
Covington 450 359 91 25.3%
Desoto 2009 1,620 389 24.0%
Forrest 1043 878 165 18.8%
Franklin 57 45 12 26.7%
George 125 89 36 40.4%
Greene 116 105 11 10.5%
Grenada 625 490 135 27.6%
Hancock 152 130 22 16.9%
Harrison 1183 933 250 26.8%
Hinds 3041 2,536 505 19.9%
Holmes 598 557 41 7.4%
Humphreys 174 150 24 16.0%
Issaquena 11 9 2 22.2%
Itawamba 147 136 11 8.1%
Jackson 804 638 166 26.0%
Jasper 282 263 19 7.2%
Jefferson 137 108 29 26.9%
Jefferson Davis 125 112 13 11.6%
Jones 1231 1,128 103 9.1%
Kemper 184 179 5 2.8%
Lafayette 509 393 116 29.5%
Lamar 584 465 119 25.6%
Lauderdale 972 910 62 6.8%
Lawrence 216 178 38 21.3%
Leake 635 578 57 9.9%
Lee 630 552 78 14.1%
Leflore 539 491 48 9.8%
Lincoln 538 466 72 15.5%
Lowndes 549 494 55 11.1%
Madison 1508 1,314 194 14.8%
Marion 349 284 65 22.9%
Marshall 297 234 63 26.9%
Monroe 460 403 57 14.1%
Montgomery 186 135 51 37.8%
Neshoba 1045 992 53 5.3%
Newton 377 339 38 11.2%
Noxubee 279 267 12 4.5%
Oktibbeha 623 541 82 15.2%
Panola 461 352 109 31.0%
Pearl River 308 257 51 19.8%
Perry 91 67 24 35.8%
Pike 511 441 70 15.9%
Pontotoc 363 292 71 24.3%
Prentiss 127 108 19 17.6%
Quitman 101 78 23 29.5%
Rankin 1137 951 186 19.6%
Scott 831 773 58 7.5%
Sharkey 48 38 10 26.3%
Simpson 453 323 130 40.2%
Smith 256 218 38 17.4%
Stone 77 65 12 18.5%
Sunflower 505 400 105 26.3%
Tallahatchie 197 137 60 43.8%
Tate 395 288 107 37.2%
Tippah 147 131 16 12.2%
Tishomingo 109 83 26 31.3%
Tunica 126 105 21 20.0%
Union 256 210 46 21.9%
Walthall 274 204 70 34.3%
Warren 600 516 84 16.3%
Washington 753 591 162 27.4%
Wayne 568 545 23 4.2%
Webster 135 127 8 6.3%
Wilkinson 101 94 7 7.4%
Winston 302 266 36 13.5%
Yalobusha 208 173 35 20.2%
Yazoo 566 513 53 10.3%
Total 36680 31,257 5,423 17.3%