January 22, 2021

With two weeks to go, December just became Mississippi’s darkest month in pandemic

With two full weeks remaining in the month, updated numbers now show December has eclipsed all other months of the pandemic with the most new COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Mississippi and ranks No. 3 for most deaths reported.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 2,261 new cases on Thursday. The latest numbers bring the total cases since the pandemic began in March to 187,904.

More than 34,600 new cases have been confirmed in December, a new record and perhaps an ominous sign for health care worker and hospital administrators already struggling with capacity problems.

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) 34,634

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 Tuesday’s statistics, the state reported 1,240 confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized with another 76 suspected, but not confirmed by test yet COVID patients also hospitalized.

The state reported 26 new deaths Thursday. A total of 4,320 Mississippians have died from the virus, the state reported.

The average number of deaths reported per day during December is currently averaging 30.2, for a total of 513 so far during the month, making December already the third deadliest month on record. The deadliest month on record was August when the state reported 813 deaths. The second deadliest was July with 593 reported deaths.

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.

The 7-day, daily average of new cases dipped slightly to 2,136 with Thursday’s update.

The 14-day, daily average of new cases rose to 2,062 on Thursday, a new high, breaking the previous record set earlier in the week.

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 1644 52 72 14
Alcorn 1885 37 118 17
Amite 769 16 52 3
Attala 1490 43 162 28
Benton 586 19 45 10
Bolivar 2941 91 224 30
Calhoun 951 15 25 4
Carroll 873 17 46 9
Chickasaw 1355 35 48 14
Choctaw 441 10 1 0
Claiborne 631 18 43 9
Clarke 1085 55 104 27
Clay 1145 28 20 3
Coahoma 1780 47 127 11
Copiah 1997 42 72 9
Covington 1631 63 109 35
De Soto 12561 117 103 20
Forrest 4642 93 197 42
Franklin 491 6 4 1
George 1534 30 47 7
Greene 894 25 50 6
Grenada 1779 53 142 25
Hancock 1624 49 68 13
Harrison 9181 130 428 47
Hinds 12361 230 612 89
Holmes 1494 63 103 20
Humphreys 651 21 33 8
Issaquena 139 4 0 0
Itawamba 1932 46 119 22
Jackson 7711 145 209 23
Jasper 1130 24 11 0
Jefferson 434 12 17 3
Jefferson Davis 685 21 8 1
Jones 4536 91 198 38
Kemper 615 19 43 9
Lafayette 3752 70 160 42
Lamar 3610 52 44 12
Lauderdale 4357 159 353 85
Lawrence 857 15 27 2
Leake 1698 45 62 7
Lee 6595 106 204 40
Leflore 2388 98 197 48
Lincoln 2265 73 166 36
Lowndes 3507 74 139 37
Madison 6196 125 301 58
Marion 1518 55 144 18
Marshall 2587 58 61 15
Monroe 2580 83 176 53
Montgomery 908 30 54 9
Neshoba 2675 133 177 54
Newton 1369 32 66 11
Noxubee 843 17 21 4
Oktibbeha 2985 67 202 32
Panola 2800 67 99 13
Pearl River 2139 75 143 27
Perry 764 30 20 7
Pike 1939 65 103 27
Pontotoc 2684 34 20 3
Prentiss 1817 40 98 15
Quitman 556 7 0 0
Rankin 7636 140 294 42
Scott 1873 34 35 4
Sharkey 362 17 43 8
Simpson 1774 57 144 19
Smith 891 17 55 8
Stone 1015 18 63 9
Sunflower 2167 57 89 15
Tallahatchie 1113 29 39 7
Tate 2158 53 75 18
Tippah 1708 36 76 4
Tishomingo 1369 48 97 26
Tunica 679 19 15 2
Union 2358 27 97 11
Walthall 890 32 67 13
Warren 2243 67 156 31
Washington 3754 110 187 39
Wayne 1505 25 65 10
Webster 632 17 55 11
Wilkinson 489 22 21 5
Winston 1612 44 96 27
Yalobusha 860 30 81 22
Yazoo 1829 44 139 16
Total 187,904 4,320 8,686 1,599