October 27, 2020

Mississippi’s top doctor: ‘Our equilibrium is unraveling’ as coronavirus cases, quarantines on rise again, particularly in schools

A day after Mississippi reported a more than nearly two-month high in daily new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the state’s top health officer said the equilibrium in the state’s relatively stable caseload was “unraveling” and pointed to rising cases in schools as a warning.

Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs wrote Wednesday on social media that the spike in numbers and the high number of K-12 students with new cases of coronavirus and increasing hospitalization was worrisome.

“Our equilibrium is unraveling,” Dobbs wrote on social media. “We know what it takes if we will just do it.”

Dobbs referenced an alarming spike in cases reported on Tuesday when Mississippi reported the highest number of new daily COVID-19 coronavirus cases since mid-August Р975.

The state reported that last week 521 new coronavirus cases were found in Mississippi’s K-12 schools with 366 of those cases in students and the rest in teachers and staff.

More than 7,300 students, teachers and staff were quarantined last week due to COVID-19 exposure, the state reported.

On Wednesday, the state reported 563 new cases, bringing the total cases since the pandemic began in March to 102,241. Of those cases, the state believes approximately 90,500 have recovered.

The state reported 24 new deaths Wednesday. Of those deaths, nine occurred between September 13 and September 30.

A total of 3,051 people in Mississippi have died as a result of coronavirus, the state reported.

The 7-day, daily average of new cases rose to 579 with Wednesday’s update.

The 14-day, daily average rose to 548 cases per day.

Also still far from the record levels seen earlier in the pandemic, the state reported Wednesday that the number of hospitalized patients with confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID has risen over the last three days. The state reports 455 patients with confirmed COVID were hospitalized and another 133 suspected, but not yet confirmed with a test, cases were hospitalized as well.

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 978 40 48 13
Alcorn 869 11 18 2
Amite 363 10 15 2
Attala 696 25 90 20
Benton 256 4 4 0
Bolivar 1924 74 217 29
Calhoun 555 12 25 4
Carroll 336 12 45 9
Chickasaw 741 24 44 13
Choctaw 193 6 1 0
Claiborne 500 16 43 9
Clarke 632 48 90 25
Clay 624 20 19 3
Coahoma 1198 32 86 6
Copiah 1256 34 70 5
Covington 853 25 34 10
De Soto 5994 71 73 14
Forrest 2714 75 175 41
Franklin 206 3 4 1
George 846 14 34 6
Greene 417 17 38 6
Grenada 1133 36 109 20
Hancock 648 25 14 4
Harrison 4204 78 255 32
Hinds 7346 166 447 70
Holmes 1113 60 101 20
Humphreys 382 15 21 6
Issaquena 106 3 0 0
Itawamba 943 24 83 17
Jackson 3882 72 82 7
Jasper 608 16 1 0
Jefferson 247 10 12 3
Jefferson Davis 363 11 3 1
Jones 2626 81 183 37
Kemper 296 15 39 9
Lafayette 2303 41 123 28
Lamar 1927 37 32 11
Lauderdale 2146 127 261 74
Lawrence 453 14 26 2
Leake 992 39 35 5
Lee 3080 74 172 33
Leflore 1484 82 191 45
Lincoln 1178 53 142 32
Lowndes 1671 58 98 33
Madison 3451 90 238 45
Marion 894 41 91 14
Marshall 1138 22 31 6
Monroe 1308 70 169 51
Montgomery 498 21 50 9
Neshoba 1661 108 125 38
Newton 802 26 39 9
Noxubee 576 16 20 4
Oktibbeha 1873 54 189 31
Panola 1565 32 15 3
Pearl River 973 54 88 22
Perry 450 21 20 7
Pike 1281 55 97 27
Pontotoc 1356 18 16 1
Prentiss 919 19 48 3
Quitman 402 5 0 0
Rankin 3507 82 173 23
Scott 1190 28 21 3
Sharkey 268 14 43 8
Simpson 1114 48 108 19
Smith 558 15 54 8
Stone 405 13 49 8
Sunflower 1520 48 78 13
Tallahatchie 793 24 29 7
Tate 1062 38 47 13
Tippah 755 18 39 0
Tishomingo 731 39 96 26
Tunica 511 16 15 2
Union 1065 24 46 11
Walthall 612 26 67 13
Warren 1443 52 119 25
Washington 2351 86 151 32
Wayne 942 21 59 10
Webster 355 13 52 11
Wilkinson 313 18 20 5
Winston 771 19 40 11
Yalobusha 458 14 35 7
Yazoo 1088 33 71 12
Total 102,241 3,051 6,251 1,244