JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has the highest per-capita rate of new coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States, followed by Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and Louisiana.
The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 case tracker shows seven-day rolling averages. Numbers posted by the tracker Monday show that during the week that ended Saturday, Mississippi had 102.3 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents and nearly 1.4 new coronavirus deaths per 100,000 residents.
Mississippi reported nearly 8,000 new COVID-19 cases during the weekend, the state Health Department said Monday.
The department said all of its COVID-19 testing sites and vaccination sites were closed Monday and those in the central and southern parts of the state will remain closed Tuesday as the remnants of what was Hurricane Ida push through the state. Many private testing and vaccination sites remained open.
Mississippi has nearly 3 million residents. The Health Department said the state has had 435,611 confirmed coronavirus cases and 8,361 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began in the spring of 2020.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has said has said he will not issue mask mandates this school year, although most local school boards have issued them.