Mississippi reported 9,979 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, down 8.1% from the previous week. The previous week had 10,856 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Mississippi ranked sixth 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 7.7% from the week before, with 862,778 cases reported. With 0.89% of the country’s population, Mississippi had 1.16% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 23 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Hinds County reported 974 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 858 cases and three deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 58,329 cases and 801 deaths.
Rankin County reported 617 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 525 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 40,284 cases and 493 deaths.
Madison County reported 417 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 329 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 26,962 cases and 334 deaths.
Bolivar County reported 79 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 116 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 10,002 cases and 181 deaths.
Holmes County reported 44 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 47 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 4,681 cases and 104 deaths.
Across Mississippi, cases fell in 17 counties, with the best declines in Covington County, with 68 cases from 115 a week earlier; in Bolivar County, with 79 cases from 116; and in George County, with 70 cases from 102.
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Within Mississippi, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Jones County with 533 cases per 100,000 per week; Jasper County with 513; and Pike County with 512. 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 974 cases; Harrison County, with 831 cases; and Rankin County, with 617. Weekly case counts rose in 65 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Harrison, Jackson and Hinds counties.
In Mississippi,35 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday, up from 23 the week before.
A total of 866,040 people in Mississippi have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 12,603 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 90,410,386 people have tested positive and 1,026,951 people have died.
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Mississippi’s COVID-19 hospital admissions rising
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, July 24. Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 763
- The week before that: 657
- Four weeks ago: 456
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 75,961
- The week before that: 70,927
- Four weeks ago: 61,308
Hospitals in 33 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 33 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 38 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.