New coronavirus cases leaped in Mississippi in the week ending Sunday, rising 36.1% as 7,730 cases were reported. The previous week had 5,680 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Mississippi ranked seventh among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.
In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 1.2% from the week before, with 721,538 cases reported. With 0.89% of the country’s population, Mississippi had 1.07% of the country’s cases in the last week.
Across the country, 24 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
- Hinds County reported 686 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 435 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 55,021 cases and 793 deaths.
- Rankin County reported 498 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 272 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 38,216 cases and 489 deaths.
- Madison County reported 347 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 234 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 25,490 cases and 331 deaths.
- Bolivar County reported 79 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 77 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 9,606 cases and 180 deaths.
- Holmes County reported 24 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 18 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,517 cases and 104 deaths.
Within Mississippi, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Sharkey County with 625 cases per 100,000 per week; Issaquena County with 603; and Winston County with 440. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Hinds County, with 686 cases; DeSoto County, with 564 cases; and Harrison County, with 523. Weekly case counts rose in 75 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Hinds, Rankin and Harrison counties.
Across Mississippi, cases fell in six counties, with the best declines in Lauderdale County, with 76 cases from 83 a week earlier; in Kemper County, with 21 cases from 26; and in Tunica County, with 24 cases from 29.
In Mississippi, 15 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 12 people were reported dead.
A total of 828,389 people in Mississippi have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 12,507 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 86,967,639 people have tested positive and 1,015,938 people have died.
Mississippi’s COVID-19 hospital admissions rising
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, June 26. Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 445
- The week before that: 378
- Four weeks ago: 209
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 63,626
- The week before that: 57,605
- Four weeks ago: 54,872
Hospitals in 34 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 25 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 39 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at email@example.com.