November 24, 2020

Mississippi coronavirus cases up 29 percent in last few weeks; here’s where it’s growing

Mississippi’s battle against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus remains tenuous as the number of new cases continues to swell and is beginning to put pressure on the state’s hospitals.

Mississippi reported an above-average number of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases Wednesday. Over the past 14 days, 9,882 cases were detected in the state, up approximately 29 percent from two weeks ago.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 801 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total cases since the pandemic began in March to 112,123. Of those cases, the state believes approximately 97,675 have recovered.

Mississippi’s coronavirus caseload began rising over the last two weeks after Gov. Tate Reeves lifted a statewide face mask mandate at the beginning of October.

On Monday, Reeves announced an executive order requiring face masks and other virus mitigation measures in nine counties that have high numbers of new cases –┬áDeSoto, Jackson, Lee, Forrest, Lamar, Itawamba, Neshoba, Claiborne and Chickasaw counties.

The number of patients with either confirmed COVID or suspected COVID has been steadily increasing since early October. Yesterday the state reported a total of 664 patients hospitalized. That number is far from the peaks seen in late July and early August when numbers were above 1,200, but the rise is concerning, medical experts say.

The state reported 21 new deaths Wednesday, all of which occurred between August 1 and October 19. A total of 3,223 people have died from the virus, the state reported.

The 7-day, daily average of new cases dropped slightly to 758 with Wednesday’s update.

The 14-day, daily average increased to 706 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 1052 43 59 13
Alcorn 967 12 18 2
Amite 420 13 15 2
Attala 781 26 90 20
Benton 319 4 14 0
Bolivar 1994 77 217 30
Calhoun 618 12 25 4
Carroll 468 12 45 9
Chickasaw 832 25 46 13
Choctaw 203 6 1 0
Claiborne 534 16 43 9
Clarke 727 50 93 27
Clay 684 21 19 3
Coahoma 1240 36 87 6
Copiah 1357 36 71 7
Covington 945 25 42 10
De Soto 6767 78 80 16
Forrest 2980 78 176 41
Franklin 237 3 4 1
George 957 18 36 6
Greene 459 18 40 6
Grenada 1206 38 113 21
Hancock 787 27 41 6
Harrison 4902 83 257 32
Hinds 7823 176 463 78
Holmes 1137 60 102 20
Humphreys 419 16 21 6
Issaquena 106 4 0 0
Itawamba 1113 25 87 17
Jackson 4393 83 99 8
Jasper 674 17 1 0
Jefferson 271 10 13 3
Jefferson Davis 400 11 7 1
Jones 2853 84 185 38
Kemper 321 15 41 9
Lafayette 2440 42 123 28
Lamar 2190 38 39 11
Lauderdale 2398 134 261 74
Lawrence 504 14 26 2
Leake 1139 40 42 6
Lee 3490 79 180 37
Leflore 1632 87 193 47
Lincoln 1368 56 158 34
Lowndes 1755 62 100 33
Madison 3757 93 238 45
Marion 933 42 92 14
Marshall 1362 26 44 10
Monroe 1465 72 170 52
Montgomery 531 23 52 9
Neshoba 1820 111 130 39
Newton 849 27 39 9
Noxubee 596 17 20 4
Oktibbeha 1976 54 193 31
Panola 1676 38 53 7
Pearl River 1105 59 94 22
Perry 484 23 20 7
Pike 1372 56 97 27
Pontotoc 1452 19 16 2
Prentiss 1029 19 48 3
Quitman 417 6 0 0
Rankin 3859 86 173 23
Scott 1238 29 21 3
Sharkey 280 14 43 8
Simpson 1195 49 117 19
Smith 585 16 54 8
Stone 455 14 55 9
Sunflower 1588 49 83 14
Tallahatchie 825 25 29 7
Tate 1136 39 51 13
Tippah 865 21 60 0
Tishomingo 797 41 96 26
Tunica 523 17 15 2
Union 1160 25 46 11
Walthall 633 27 67 13
Warren 1532 55 123 26
Washington 2537 99 166 38
Wayne 994 21 59 10
Webster 366 13 52 11
Wilkinson 331 20 20 5
Winston 826 21 42 11
Yalobusha 513 14 53 7
Yazoo 1199 33 88 12
Total 112,123 3,223 6,592 1,293