Mississippi limits elective surgeries amid COVID-19 surge

Mississippi's top public health official has ordered a temporary halt to all elective surgeries to try to save hospital bed space as the state sees a rapid expansion in cases of the new coronavirus.

Posted: Jul 11, 2020 8:41 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top public health official has ordered a temporary halt to all elective surgeries to try to save hospital bed space as the state sees a rapid expansion in cases of the new coronavirus.

The order by the state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, covers all medical facilities in the state. It takes effect Sunday and lasts until at least July 20.

His order, issued Friday, says elective procedures can be done only under “extraordinary circumstance” and “must be accompanied by an extensive and compelling justification.”

Gov. Tate Reeves announced Thursday that he would set restrictions that take effect Monday in 13 counties with high levels of virus transmission. They are Claiborne, DeSoto, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Quitman, Rankin, Sunflower, Washington and Wayne.

People in those counties must wear masks in public, including in outdoor settings where it's not possible for people to remain at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart. Gatherings indoors are limited to 10 people and those outdoors are limited to 20.

Mississippi has a population of about 3 million. The Health Department said Saturday that the state has had nearly 35,420 confirmed cases and at least 1,230 deaths from the coronavirus as of Friday evening. That was an increase of 797 cases and 15 deaths from numbers reported the day before.

The department said at least 2,959 cases of the virus have been confirmed in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, with at least 5,953 virus-related deaths in those facilities.

The number of virus infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick. While most people who contract the coronavirus recover after suffering only mild to moderate symptoms, it can be deadly for older patients and those with other health problems.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 70930

Reported Deaths: 2043
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds5852126
DeSoto383233
Harrison271036
Madison252172
Jackson243047
Rankin238241
Jones196562
Forrest188957
Washington177146
Lee165742
Lauderdale148196
Neshoba132095
Lamar126518
Bolivar118940
Warren116637
Oktibbeha115739
Lowndes112140
Panola110818
Sunflower110128
Lafayette104321
Scott102521
Copiah98029
Leflore97169
Pike96638
Holmes93850
Yazoo88214
Pontotoc8769
Grenada86326
Lincoln86244
Monroe85855
Simpson84232
Leake81127
Coahoma81013
Wayne80521
Tate76030
Marshall75710
Union75017
Marion69821
Adams65528
Covington65015
Winston64417
George6269
Pearl River58440
Newton57512
Tallahatchie56311
Attala54425
Walthall52122
Chickasaw50219
Prentiss47510
Noxubee47212
Tishomingo4639
Alcorn4475
Calhoun4309
Tippah42614
Hancock41915
Smith41913
Jasper41610
Itawamba41410
Claiborne41114
Clay41114
Tunica3708
Clarke35928
Montgomery3558
Lawrence3408
Yalobusha32010
Humphreys30912
Quitman2751
Greene26713
Carroll26411
Webster25413
Jefferson Davis2526
Perry2518
Kemper24614
Amite2446
Stone2356
Wilkinson23114
Sharkey2147
Jefferson1978
Benton1591
Franklin1422
Choctaw1384
Issaquena272
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 102196

Reported Deaths: 1825
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson13682262
Mobile10836223
Montgomery7009153
Madison558135
Tuscaloosa437880
Unassigned411368
Baldwin379129
Shelby341437
Marshall321438
Lee273547
Morgan245720
Etowah221934
DeKalb187014
Calhoun186719
Elmore178939
Walker158466
Houston149313
Limestone140713
Russell13982
St. Clair138820
Dallas134925
Franklin131522
Cullman125212
Colbert124318
Lauderdale121920
Autauga119622
Talladega110314
Escambia109917
Jackson10914
Tallapoosa88379
Dale86329
Chambers85238
Blount8485
Chilton8439
Clarke83010
Coffee7926
Butler77936
Covington76321
Pike7187
Marion59426
Barbour5906
Marengo57817
Lowndes57624
Bullock49411
Hale49026
Bibb4655
Washington46113
Winston45911
Perry4524
Wilcox44510
Monroe4276
Pickens42010
Randolph40511
Conecuh39810
Sumter37119
Lawrence3643
Macon34415
Crenshaw3398
Cherokee2938
Choctaw29212
Clay2785
Geneva2742
Henry2733
Greene25611
Lamar2372
Fayette2345
Cleburne1311
Coosa1063
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