September 19, 2020

Mississippi coronavirus cases spike; August already second-deadliest month on record

Mississippi reported a spike in new COVID-19 coronavirus cases Wednesday after a week of reporting lower-than-average numbers of new cases.

On Wednesday, the Mississippi Department of Health reported 1,348 new coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours.

The state also reported 36 more deaths Wednesday from the prior day. Twelve deaths reported on Wednesday actually occurred between July 22 and August 14, the state health officials said.

The newly reported deaths make August the second-deadliest month for Mississippi since the pandemic began in March.

Through Wednesday’s statistics, 503 deaths were reported in August from COVID-19.

July is still the deadliest month on record with 593 reported deaths. However August appears on track to eclipse that number as the daily average number of deaths reported in August is more than 38-percent higher than July’s daily average.

In total, 74,555 cases have been found in the state since March. The state believes more than 56,000 of those cases have recovered.

A total of 2,163 people in Mississippi have died as a result of coronavirus, the state reported.

The 7-day, daily average of new cases rose to 740 with Wednesday’s update.

The 14-day, daily average rose to 794 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 Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 684 28 46 12
Alcorn 475 6 12 1
Amite 253 6 14 2
Attala 559 25 90 20
Benton 174 1 2 0
Bolivar 1269 40* 72 10
Calhoun 439 9 23 4
Carroll 275 11 45 9
Chickasaw 528 20 36 11
Choctaw 147 4 0 0
Claiborne 418 15 43 9
Clarke 389 28 31 9
Clay 431 14 2 1
Coahoma 875 14 75 2
Copiah 996 30 30 4
Covington 679 17 8 3
De Soto 4079 35 47 8
Forrest 1947 59 115 34
Franklin 158 2 3 1
George 647 10 5 2
Greene 275 14 35 6
Grenada 885 28 83 15
Hancock 436 17 8 4
Harrison 2868 40 149 16
Hinds 6065 129 315 55
Holmes 978 50 98 20
Humphreys 316 12 20 6
Issaquena 29 2 0 0
Itawamba 452 12 47 8
Jackson 2594 50 74 7
Jasper 439 12 1 0
Jefferson 207 8 8 2
Jefferson Davis 260 7 3 1
Jones 2020 66 173 35
Kemper 254 14 38 9
Lafayette 1105 26 91 19
Lamar 1302 24 8 3
Lauderdale 1544 100 212 57
Lawrence 367 8 17 1
Leake 826 27 4 0
Lee 1844 43 117 20
Leflore 1150 70 185 44
Lincoln 896 46 124 28
Lowndes 1167 47 90 28
Madison 2662 75 214 37
Marion 722 24 47 6
Marshall 823 10 18 2
Monroe 918 55 147 44
Montgomery 379 11 24 6
Neshoba 1349 97 109 36
Newton 604 13 10 2
Noxubee 496 13 17 4
Oktibbeha 1218 43 179 28
Panola 1175 19* 12 2
Pearl River 632 44 66 19
Perry 268 8 0 0
Pike 1041 39 73 19
Pontotoc 918 9 6 1
Prentiss 524 12 30 3
Quitman 281 2 0 0
Rankin 2507 44 115 11
Scott 1050 21 15 3
Sharkey 220 7 42 6
Simpson 872 37 93 18
Smith 435 13 54 8
Stone 264 9 23 3
Sunflower 1145 31 31 7
Tallahatchie 589 11 9 2
Tate 791 31* 32 12
Tippah 459 14 1 0
Tishomingo 489 14 67 6
Tunica 399 9 12 2
Union 796 19 38 11
Walthall 534 23 65 12
Warren 1207 38 101 18
Washington 1854 51 66 15
Wayne 816 21 58 10
Webster 274 13 52 11
Wilkinson 241 14 8 4
Winston 658 18 40 11
Yalobusha 339 10 35 7
Yazoo 905 15 29 3
Total 74,555 2,163 4,537 915

Note:¬†One death previously reported in Bolivar County was determined not be a COVID-19-related death. One death previously reported in Tate County should have been included in Panola County’s count. The data below has been edited to reflect these updates.