September 18, 2020

‘It’s working,’ health officer says as Mississippi reports lowest new coronavirus cases since early July

Mississippi reported its lowest number of new daily coronavirus cases in more than a month Sunday, prompting the state’s top health officer to say, “It’s working,” about measures to curb the spread.

Mississippi State Department of Health officials announced 381 new coronavirus cases Sunday, the lowest number reported on a single day since early July.

Sunday was also the eighth-straight day the 7-day average of new cases declined.

Don’t lose focus (masks, 6ft, small groups),” Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs wrote Sunday on Twitter. “It’s working! #MaskUpMS”

The state also reported 4 more deaths from the prior day. One death reported on Sunday actually occurred on August 7, the state said.

The total number of deaths reported in August — which includes some delayed cases from prior months — appears to be on track to set a new monthly record. With August approximately half over, August’s 418 reported deaths are on track to top July’s record 593 deaths.

In total, 72,136 cases have been found in the state since March. The state believes nearly 50,000 of those cases have recovered.

A total of 2,085 people in Mississippi have died as a result of coronavirus, the state reported.

The 7-day and 14-day averages of new cases continued to decline, indicating that the state’s measures aimed at slowing the virus’ spread may be working.

The 7-day, daily average of new cases dropped to 709 with Sunday’s update.

The 14-day, daily average dropped to 827 cases per day.

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

The numbers in this table are provisional. County case numbers and deaths may change as investigation finds new or additional information. The data provided below is the most current available.

County Total Cases Total Deaths
Adams 668 28
Alcorn 457 5
Amite 248 6
Attala 551 25
Benton 166 1
Bolivar 1221 40
Calhoun 433 9
Carroll 267 11
Chickasaw 513 19
Choctaw 141 4
Claiborne 414 14
Clarke 369 28
Clay 417 14
Coahoma 817 13
Copiah 985 30
Covington 664 16
De Soto 3911 34
Forrest 1914 57
Franklin 152 2
George 638 9
Greene 276 13
Grenada 869 27
Hancock 425 15
Harrison 2788 37
Hinds 5902 128
Holmes 951 50
Humphreys 312 12
Issaquena 28 2
Itawamba 424 10
Jackson 2462 47
Jasper 429 11
Jefferson 198 8
Jefferson Davis 254 6
Jones 1987 65
Kemper 250 14
Lafayette 1065 21
Lamar 1291 20
Lauderdale 1493 98
Lawrence 342 8
Leake 811 27
Lee 1724 43
Leflore 990 70
Lincoln 876 45
Lowndes 1140 42
Madison 2556 74
Marion 708 21
Marshall 768 10
Monroe 873 55
Montgomery 366 10
Neshoba 1328 96
Newton 587 12
Noxubee 484 12
Oktibbeha 1178 41
Panola 1140 18
Pearl River 601 41
Perry 260 8
Pike 982 38
Pontotoc 888 9
Prentiss 497 11
Quitman 278 1
Rankin 2429 42
Scott 1032 21
Sharkey 218 7
Simpson 858 36
Smith 421 13
Stone 255 6
Sunflower 1115 29
Tallahatchie 568 11
Tate 773 30
Tippah 438 14
Tishomingo 469 12
Tunica 381 8
Union 763 19
Walthall 525 22
Warren 1179 37
Washington 1817 46
Wayne 809 21
Webster 257 13
Wilkinson 234 14
Winston 652 18
Yalobusha 326 10
Yazoo 890 14
Total 72,136 2,084