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October 24, 2020

Mississippi coronavirus cases surging again, two weeks after mask mandate dropped

For the second-straight day, Mississippi reported a surge in new COVID-19 coronavirus cases.

On Friday, the state reported 1,116 new cases, bringing the total cases since the pandemic began in March to 109,255. Of those cases, the state believes approximately 94,000 have recovered.

Friday’s new case number was the second day in a row of new case numbers above 1,000.

The spike in cases reported Friday follows a growing number of cases over the last several days. In the last 7 days more than 5,500 new cases have been identified. It’s been since the end of August when Mississippi saw any 7-day period with more cases. In the last two weeks nearly 9,700 new cases have been identified.

Many health experts warned that a spike would come soon after Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves allowed the statewide mask mandate to expire at the beginning of October.

On Thursday, Dr. LouAnn Woodward, who leads the University of Mississippi Medical Center took to social media to urge Mississippians to wear masks even without a state mandate.

“We do NOT have to wait for a mask mandate to do the right thing,” she wrote on Twitter. “Please Mississippi – let’s don’t let this get away from us! Every single person has the power to do something today! #MaskUpMississippi.”

The state reported nine new deaths Friday. Of those deaths, all occurred between October 3 and October 15.

The state’s 7-day and 14-day, daily averages for new COVID-19 cases saw large increases with Friday’s high number of daily cases.

The 7-day, daily average of new cases jumped to 796 with Friday’s update. That’s the highest 7-day average since August 25.

The 14-day, daily average rose to 693 cases per day, the highest number seen since September 2.

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 1032 40 * 56 13
Alcorn 938 12 18 2
Amite 412 13 15 2
Attala 755 25 90 20
Benton 296 4 14 0
Bolivar 1973 75 217 30
Calhoun 605 12 25 4
Carroll 453 12 45 9
Chickasaw 811 24 44 13
Choctaw 202 6 1 0
Claiborne 528 16 43 9
Clarke 704 48 91 25
Clay 663 21 19 3
Coahoma 1223 36 87 6
Copiah 1328 36 71 7
Covington 902 25 34 10
De Soto 6495 77 73 15
Forrest 2906 77 176 41
Franklin 223 3 4 1
George 927 16 36 6
Greene 444 17 40 6
Grenada 1193 37 113 20
Hancock 739 27 35 6
Harrison 4713 81 255 32
Hinds 7707 170 461 73
Holmes 1129 60 101 20
Humphreys 394 16 21 6
Issaquena 106 3 0 0
Itawamba 1070 24 87 17
Jackson 4258 77 86 8
Jasper 657 16 1 0
Jefferson 259 10 13 3
Jefferson Davis 390 11 3 1
Jones 2799 81 183 37
Kemper 315 15 41 9
Lafayette 2405 42 123 28
Lamar 2100 38 39 11
Lauderdale 2311 130 261 74
Lawrence 489 14 26 2
Leake 1110 39 35 5
Lee 3354 79 180 37
Leflore 1582 86 193 47
Lincoln 1321 54 152 32
Lowndes 1729 62 98 33
Madison 3683 92 238 45
Marion 926 42 92 14
Marshall 1273 25 44 9
Monroe 1422 72 170 52
Montgomery 523 23 52 9
Neshoba 1790 110 129 39
Newton 840 27 39 9
Noxubee 593 16 20 4
Oktibbeha 1932 54 193 31
Panola 1642 36 42 6
Pearl River 1063 55 93 22
Perry 469 22 20 7
Pike 1351 55 97 27
Pontotoc 1426 19 16 2
Prentiss 1007 19 48 3
Quitman 410 6 0 0
Rankin 3773 86 173 23
Scott 1216 29 21 3
Sharkey 277 14 43 8
Simpson 1174 48 117 19
Smith 576 16 54 8
Stone 443 14 55 9
Sunflower 1557 49 80 14
Tallahatchie 817 25 29 7
Tate 1119 39 51 13
Tippah 844 20 56 0
Tishomingo 779 40 96 26
Tunica 518 17 15 2
Union 1119 25 46 11
Walthall 628 27 67 13
Warren 1511 54 119 25
Washington 2493 95 158 36
Wayne 972 21 59 10
Webster 361 13 52 11
Wilkinson 329 20 20 5
Winston 810 21 40 11
Yalobusha 479 14 36 7
Yazoo 1160 33 82 12
Total 109,255 3,160 6,468 1,275

* Note: A COVID-19 related death previously reported in Adams County has been removed pending further investigation.

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