October 21, 2020

Two-week death toll hits new record in Mississippi’s coronavirus fight

The last 14 days marked the deadliest two-week period for reported COVID-19 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began in March.

Mississippi State Health Department statistics reported over the last 14 days recorded 230 deaths as a result of the coronavirus. The previous record of 219 deaths over a two-week period was set in mid-May.

Mississippi reported 1,032 new cases Friday, the third-highest single-day number of cases recorded. The record was set Thursday.

That brings the total number of cases found in Mississippi to 40,829. The state believes nearly 26,000 of those cases have recovered.

Mississippi State Health Department reported a slight drop in the hospitalization numbers with a total of 1,076 people in Mississippi hospitals with either confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 awaiting test results. The record high was reported on Thursday.

Of those patients, 253 were in ICU rooms, a new record, and 129 required ventilators.

Mississippi’s 7-day average of new cases was steady at 886 cases per day, tied with yesterday’s record high. The 14-day average of daily new cases rose to 796, a new record high.

The state also reported 24 new deaths Friday attributed to the virus bringing the total death toll to 1,332. Seven of the deaths reported Friday actually occurred between May 11 and July 7, the state reported.

Totals of all reported COVID-19 cases for 2020, including those in long-term care (LTC) facilities.

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 401 21 44 11
Alcorn 136 2 1 1
Amite 131 3 13 2
Attala 405 24 89 19
Benton 67 0 1 0
Bolivar 524 18 42 6
Calhoun 202 5 23 4
Carroll 200 11 45 9
Chickasaw 337 19 35 11
Choctaw 82 4 0 0
Claiborne 328 12 43 9
Clarke 250 25 19 9
Clay 285 12 2 1
Coahoma 276 7 1 0
Copiah 713 18 30 3
Covington 487 5 3 0
Desoto 2220 20 23 5
Forrest 1162 45 96 29
Franklin 67 2 3 1
George 154 3 1 0
Greene 139 10 34 6
Grenada 678 14 52 8
Hancock 180 14 8 4
Harrison 1370 18 103 10
Hinds 3418 66 157 24
Holmes 639 43 98 20
Humphreys 192 10 18 6
Issaquena 12 1 0 0
Itawamba 177 8 34 7
Jackson 900 20 48 6
Jasper 307 6 1 0
Jefferson 142 3 3 0
Jefferson Davis 137 4 3 1
Jones 1302 52 159 35
Kemper 190 14 38 9
Lafayette 560 4 42 1
Lamar 702 8 3 2
Lauderdale 1024 83 203 54
Lawrence 225 2 0 0
Leake 675 20 3 0
Lee 728 23 67 15
Leflore 612 56 183 41
Lincoln 570 36 115 27
Lowndes 608 17 34 8
Madison 1657 43 143 20
Marion 381 12 16 2
Marshall 334 4 12 1
Monroe 506 42 122 35
Montgomery 209 3 0 0
Neshoba 1071 81 108 32
Newton 408 11 6 2
Noxubee 297 10 15 3
Oktibbeha 662 28 132 18
Panola 551 6 3 1
Pearl River 346 32 50 12
Perry 111 4 0 0
Pike 562 25 47 12
Pontotoc 448 6 3 1
Prentiss 155 6 24 3
Quitman 116 1 0 0
Rankin 1322 21 61 7
Scott 848 16 15 3
Sharkey 58 0 1 0
Simpson 495 4 3 0
Smith 273 12 52 8
Stone 94 2 2 1
Sunflower 614 11 1 0
Tallahatchie 260 4 3 1
Tate 447 16 28 9
Tippah 180 11 0 0
Tishomingo 142 1 2 0
Tunica 139 3 12 2
Union 307 11 20 8
Walthall 310 10 49 4
Warren 671 22 40 9
Washington 918 17 27 5
Wayne 606 20 53 8
Webster 142 11 52 10
Wilkinson 111 9 5 2
Winston 336 13 40 10
Yalobusha 231 9 35 7
Yazoo 597 7 20 2
Total 40,829 1,332 3,122 642