January 25, 2021

High cases, deaths make December look particularly dark in Mississippi coronavirus fight

Mississippi’s battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus is looking grim this month as case numbers keep rising and the rate of deaths reported per day is at a record high.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 2,205 new cases on Tuesday. The latest numbers bring the total cases since the pandemic began in March to 183,300.

More than 30,000 new cases have been confirmed in December. With only half of December elapsed, the month already has eclipsed every month of the pandemic except July and November.

If December’s pace of new cases and deaths continues evenly through the remainder of the month, the state may see as many as 60,000 cases or more, nearly double any prior month, and as many as 900 deaths.

Here’s a monthly new case breakdown:

Month New cases
June 11,746
July 31,496
August 24,203
September 15,240
October 21,970
November 33,111
December (month to date) 30,030

Of the total cases, the state believes approximately 148,466 have recovered and while many people who are infected with the virus may only have moderate or even no visible symptoms, others can get gravely ill and can die as a result.

Through Sunday’s statistics, the state reported 1,188 confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized with another 67 suspected, but not confirmed by test yet COVID patients also hospitalized.

The state reported 48 new deaths Tuesday. A total of 4,252 Mississippians have died from the virus, the state reported.

The average number of deaths reported per day during December is currently averaging 29.7, for a total of 445 so far during the month. The deadliest month on record was August when the state reported 813 deaths.

The 7-day, daily average of new cases was 2,196 with Tuesday’s update, a new record high.

The 14-day, daily average of new cases was 2,064 on Tuesday, a new record

Cumulative Cases and Deaths by County

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 1630 52 72 14
Alcorn 1853 36 116 17
Amite 757 16 52 3
Attala 1445 43 159 28
Benton 573 19 45 10
Bolivar 2857 90 224 30
Calhoun 921 15 25 4
Carroll 855 17 46 9
Chickasaw 1307 35 48 14
Choctaw 431 10 1 0
Claiborne 621 16 43 9
Clarke 1051 55 95 27
Clay 1110 28 20 3
Coahoma 1754 47 127 11
Copiah 1962 42 72 9
Covington 1602 62 105 34
De Soto 12217 115 103 20
Forrest 4538 93 190 42
Franklin 470 6 4 1
George 1501 30 47 7
Greene 888 25 48 6
Grenada 1729 51 137 24
Hancock 1539 46 69 12
Harrison 8915 127 423 45
Hinds 12069 227 576 89
Holmes 1478 63 103 20
Humphreys 641 21 33 8
Issaquena 133 4 0 0
Itawamba 1872 43 108 19
Jackson 7565 142 206 23
Jasper 1085 24 9 0
Jefferson 428 12 15 3
Jefferson Davis 675 21 8 1
Jones 4417 91 195 38
Kemper 604 19 43 9
Lafayette 3700 67 153 41
Lamar 3511 52 44 12
Lauderdale 4268 159 346 85
Lawrence 838 15 27 2
Leake 1647 45 53 7
Lee 6422 105 203 40
Leflore 2337 97 197 48
Lincoln 2223 73 166 36
Lowndes 3380 73 137 37
Madison 5997 122 299 57
Marion 1480 54 143 18
Marshall 2543 57 61 15
Monroe 2504 81 176 53
Montgomery 893 30 54 9
Neshoba 2614 132 176 54
Newton 1336 32 64 11
Noxubee 826 17 21 4
Oktibbeha 2915 65 202 31
Panola 2754 67 76 13
Pearl River 2045 73 134 25
Perry 754 28 20 7
Pike 1907 64 99 27
Pontotoc 2591 33 20 3
Prentiss 1779 39 97 14
Quitman 548 7 0 0
Rankin 7366 132 286 37
Scott 1851 33 35 3
Sharkey 357 17 43 8
Simpson 1723 54 142 19
Smith 867 17 55 8
Stone 987 17 63 9
Sunflower 2145 57 89 15
Tallahatchie 1106 28 33 7
Tate 2113 53 74 18
Tippah 1651 36 63 4
Tishomingo 1337 47 97 26
Tunica 672 19 15 2
Union 2273 27 64 11
Walthall 883 32 67 13
Warren 2187 67 154 31
Washington 3697 109 187 39
Wayne 1472 25 65 10
Webster 616 16 55 11
Wilkinson 486 22 21 5
Winston 1549 41 91 25
Yalobusha 849 30 81 22
Yazoo 1808 43 138 16
Total 183,300 4,252 8,453 1,577