December 4, 2020

Mississippi’s coronavirus new case numbers back to pre-Fourth of July level; Will Labor Day cause another spike?

Mississippi reported a slightly higher than average number of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases Wednesday, but the state’s 7-day daily average of new cases was just before the July Fourth holiday, after which cases exploded higher in Mississippi.

The lower trend caused Gov. Tate Reeves to warn Mississippians not to let their guards down as another potentially deadly spike is around the corner with Labor Day weekend approaching.

“Please don’t let the Labor Day weekend be a reason to let down your guard,” Reeves wrote on social media Wednesday. “We’re doing better, and we’re almost out of the danger zone. We need to push a little more to start to breathe easier.”

On Wednesday, the state reported 781 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

The state also reported 33 more deaths Wednesday from the prior day. Twelve of the deaths reported Wednesday actually occurred between August 10 and August 27, but were delayed.

In total, 84,365 cases have been found in the state since March. The state believes approximately 68,000 of those cases have recovered. The monthly death tolls, however, are not exact due to delays in reporting that can cause deaths to be reported weeks after the person died.

A total of 2,526 people in Mississippi have died as a result of coronavirus, the state reported.

The 7-day, daily average of new cases dropped to 608 with Wednesday’s update. The last time the average was at that level was just before the July Fourth holiday, after which the state saw rapidly increasing numbers with more than 31,000 new cases across the state.

The 14-day, daily average remained at 701  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 797 32 46 12
Alcorn 654 6 17 1
Amite 279 7 14 2
Attala 592 25 90 20
Benton 196 1 2 0
Bolivar 1556 54 78 14
Calhoun 482 11 23 4
Carroll 294 12 45 9
Chickasaw 600 22 43 12
Choctaw 158 4 0 0
Claiborne 441 16 43 9
Clarke 477 30 31 9
Clay 483 16 3 1
Coahoma 1013 20 77 2
Copiah 1103 31 30 4
Covington 725 17 9 4
De Soto 4713 48 50 9
Forrest 2165 66 121 35
Franklin 178 3 3 1
George 687 13 5 2
Greene 300 14 35 6
Grenada 966 32 88 17
Hancock 502 20 8 4
Harrison 3375 58 149 18
Hinds 6564 140 363 59
Holmes 1047 54 98 20
Humphreys 342 15 20 6
Issaquena 99 3 0 0
Itawamba 592 17 51 9
Jackson 3073 60 74 7
Jasper 486 13 1 0
Jefferson 222 9 8 2
Jefferson Davis 307 9 3 1
Jones 2178 74 175 35
Kemper 275 15 39 9
Lafayette 1527 38 120 26
Lamar 1447 31 10 5
Lauderdale 1817 108 213 58
Lawrence 406 11 18 1
Leake 890 31 4 0
Lee 2240 60 146 28
Leflore 1248 75 185 45
Lincoln 981 51 129 30
Lowndes 1297 55 92 30
Madison 3009 83 230 41
Marion 787 26 48 6
Marshall 971 13 28 6
Monroe 1059 60 148 44
Montgomery 411 18 25 8
Neshoba 1439 101 109 37
Newton 679 18 15 5
Noxubee 523 14 17 4
Oktibbeha 1497 46 185 29
Panola 1307 23 13 2
Pearl River 758 48 67 19
Perry 321 9 0 0
Pike 1145 45 75 20
Pontotoc 1085 13 6 1
Prentiss 644 15 46 3
Quitman 337 4 0 0
Rankin 2882 65 131 17
Scott 1108 22 15 3
Sharkey 245 9 42 8
Simpson 942 39 99 19
Smith 479 13 54 8
Stone 323 10 28 3
Sunflower 1278 39 50 10
Tallahatchie 647 13 9 2
Tate 864 35 32 12
Tippah 555 15 2 0
Tishomingo 566 30 93 21
Tunica 451 12 12 2
Union 894 23 42 11
Walthall 569 24 67 13
Warren 1317 46 109 22
Washington 2018 64 91 21
Wayne 850 21 58 10
Webster 307 13 52 11
Wilkinson 281 17 8 4
Winston 701 19 40 11
Yalobusha 381 13 35 7
Yazoo 961 21 29 4
Total 84,365 2,526 4,869 1,010