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Mississippi sees new record bump in reported COVID-19 cases

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs during the June 18, 2020 coronavirus briefing.

Mississippi is seeing a record single-day increase for new coronavirus cases reported by the state Health Department.

Posted: Jul 16, 2020 4:52 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi on Thursday had a record single-day increase in new coronavirus cases reported by the state Health Department, with numbers jumping by more than 1,200 from the day before.

It was the fourth time the state has had a day-to-day increase of more than 1,000 cases, and the first time the number had topped 1,200.

“COVID-19 continues to take a bigger slice of our hospital capacity,” the state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, said Thursday on Twitter.

Dobbs has said this week that several hospitals have no beds or very few beds available in their intensive care units. He and other health officials are imploring people to take precautions such as wearing masks in public, avoiding large crowds and keeping distance from others.

The head of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Dr. LouAnn Woodward, posted Wednesday on Twitter: “No vacancy. Help us, Mississippi!”

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has set restrictions in 13 of the 82 counties, including a requirement for people to wear masks in public to try to slow the spread of the virus. Reeves said Wednesday and again Thursday that he might put restrictions on bars, but he didn't say when that might happen.

“It doesn't matter what county you're in — we recommend strongly that everyone wear a mask when they're in public and that everyone wear a mask anytime they're in 6 feet of anyone else,” Reeves said Thursday during an appearance on the Gulf Coast.

Mississippi has a population of about 3 million. The Health Department said Thursday that the state has had at least 39,797 confirmed cases and at least 1,308 deaths from the coronavirus as of Wednesday evening. That was an increase of 1,230 cases and 18 deaths from numbers reported the day before.

The department said Thursday that 1,117 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of the virus. That is up from 664 on June 22.

At least 3,109 cases of the virus have been confirmed in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, with at least 634 virus-related deaths in those facilities, the department said.

The true 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.

Cases: 294091

Reported Deaths: 6669
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19626230
Hinds18745386
Harrison16618278
Rankin12662264
Jackson12509224
Lee9679160
Madison9432199
Jones7928146
Forrest7184136
Lauderdale6813226
Lowndes6017137
Lamar586880
Lafayette5721113
Washington5205130
Bolivar4604122
Oktibbeha440693
Panola428893
Pearl River4144129
Warren4124113
Pontotoc408469
Marshall401892
Monroe3982126
Union394974
Neshoba3782168
Lincoln3508100
Hancock343874
Leflore3367118
Sunflower317686
Tate301774
Pike299795
Scott293170
Alcorn291261
Itawamba289374
Yazoo287962
Coahoma277367
Tippah276765
Copiah276357
Simpson273878
Prentiss269558
Leake252271
Wayne252241
Marion251978
Covington248478
Grenada246677
Adams233877
George231245
Newton227552
Winston221475
Jasper212945
Tishomingo211965
Attala206269
Chickasaw200951
Holmes181770
Clay178550
Stone171929
Tallahatchie170439
Clarke169171
Calhoun157528
Smith152531
Yalobusha143737
Greene127433
Walthall123640
Noxubee122829
Montgomery121838
Perry121534
Lawrence119621
Carroll118124
Amite111232
Webster110230
Jefferson Davis101531
Tunica98923
Claiborne98129
Benton93324
Humphreys92527
Kemper89723
Quitman77114
Franklin75919
Choctaw69516
Wilkinson62326
Jefferson62027
Sharkey48817
Issaquena1676
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 492683

Reported Deaths: 9930
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson709061374
Mobile36044725
Madison32355455
Tuscaloosa24093410
Montgomery22536501
Shelby21892215
Baldwin19714283
Lee14950153
Morgan13641251
Calhoun13232286
Etowah13163319
Marshall11250209
Houston10073261
Elmore9371185
Limestone9353134
Cullman8891181
St. Clair8813223
Lauderdale8594211
DeKalb8441175
Talladega7511163
Walker6514255
Jackson6487102
Autauga624891
Blount6095127
Colbert6000118
Coffee5238102
Dale4637107
Russell403930
Franklin398977
Covington3953106
Chilton3868100
Escambia377272
Tallapoosa3581142
Clarke343650
Chambers3406110
Dallas3401141
Pike293272
Lawrence282684
Marion281695
Winston246567
Bibb244960
Geneva239070
Marengo235355
Pickens224454
Barbour211351
Hale209468
Fayette200256
Butler195666
Henry182241
Cherokee176838
Monroe166139
Randolph163640
Washington156435
Crenshaw144354
Clay143854
Macon141743
Cleburne137339
Lamar132533
Lowndes130851
Wilcox121625
Bullock116736
Conecuh106724
Perry105527
Sumter98331
Coosa88823
Greene87532
Choctaw55023
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