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COVID-19 in Mississippi

New Cases and Deaths as of October 26





New COVID-19 related deaths reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. yesterday. Nineteen deaths occurred between October 22 and October 26 in the counties below.

County Total
Benton 2
Calhoun 1
Clarke 2
Clay 1
Covington 2
Itawamba 1
Jackson 2
Lee 2
Leflore 1
Lincoln 2
Marshall 1
Oktibbeha 1
Sharkey 1

One COVID-19 related death occurred on September 21, identified from death certificate reports.

County Total
Hinds 1


Current outbreaks in long-term care facilities only. (See LTC facility outbreak definition.)

About our case counts: We currently update our case totals each day based on test results from the previous day. Outside laboratories also report positive test results to us, which are included in our totals. Repeated tests for the same individual are counted only once. County case numbers and deaths may change as investigation finds new or additional information.

County COVID-19 Data

Race and Ethnicity

Data Snapshots for Individual Counties

High Cases and Incidence

Cumulative Cases and Deaths by County

Totals of all reported COVID-19 cases for 2020, including those in long-term care (LTC) facilities.

Our totals for long-term care facilities will appear later today.

The numbers in this table are provisional. County case numbers and deaths may change as investigation finds new or additional information. The data provided below is the most current available.

County Total Cases Total Deaths
Adams 1093 44
Alcorn 1021 12
Amite 427 13
Attala 805 26
Benton 360 8
Bolivar 2028 77
Calhoun 627 13
Carroll 497 12
Chickasaw 862 26
Choctaw 208 6
Claiborne 539 16
Clarke 763 53
Clay 705 22
Coahoma 1255 37
Copiah 1387 36
Covington 985 29
De Soto 7210 79
Forrest 3094 78
Franklin 248 3
George 1014 19
Greene 479 18
Grenada 1226 39
Hancock 859 28
Harrison 5398 84
Hinds 8011 179
Holmes 1149 60
Humphreys 449 16
Issaquena 107 4
Itawamba 1159 26
Jackson 4693 87
Jasper 692 17
Jefferson 277 10
Jefferson Davis 417 11
Jones 2961 84
Kemper 327 15
Lafayette 2531 43
Lamar 2291 38
Lauderdale 2499 135
Lawrence 534 14
Leake 1158 42
Lee 3640 82
Leflore 1691 88
Lincoln 1429 59
Lowndes 1812 62
Madison 3843 94
Marion 954 43
Marshall 1473 30
Monroe 1530 73
Montgomery 554 23
Neshoba 1861 111
Newton 868 27
Noxubee 601 17
Oktibbeha 2037 55
Panola 1706 40
Pearl River 1150 60
Perry 512 23
Pike 1404 56
Pontotoc 1490 20
Prentiss 1083 20
Quitman 421 6
Rankin 4016 86
Scott 1262 29
Sharkey 287 15
Simpson 1223 49
Smith 598 16
Stone 486 14
Sunflower 1640 49
Tallahatchie 846 26
Tate 1193 39
Tippah 931 23
Tishomingo 822 41
Tunica 536 17
Union 1197 25
Walthall 641 27
Warren 1560 56
Washington 2603 99
Wayne 1027 22
Webster 378 13
Wilkinson 338 20
Winston 846 21
Yalobusha 556 14
Yazoo 1227 34
Total 116,617 3,283

Case Classifications

Mississippi investigates and reports both probable and confirmed cases and deaths according to the CSTE case definition.

Confirmed Probable Total
Cases 102,599 14,018 116,617
Deaths 2,964 319 3,283

Confirmed cases and deaths are generally determined by positive PCR tests, which detect the presence of ongoing coronavirus infection.

Probable cases are those who test positive by other testing methods such as antibody or antigen, and have recent symptoms consistent with COVID-19, indicating a recent infection.

Probable deaths are those individuals with a designation of COVID-19 as a cause of death on the death certificate, but where no confirmatory testing was performed.

Deaths from COVID-19 and Other Causes

This table of death counts compares COVID-19 deaths in Mississippi by week with deaths from other major causes, including contributing and underlying causes.

K-12 School Report

Mississippi K-12 schools make weekly reports of cases among students, teachers and staff, number of outbreaks, and teachers and students under quarantine as a result of COVID-19 exposure. An outbreak in a school setting is defined as 3 or more individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 in the same group within a 14-day period.

Note: These cases have been directly reported to MSDH by each school, and may not yet have appeared in our state and county totals of cases reported by laboratories.

Long-Term Care Facility Cases and Outbreaks

Long-term care (LTC) facilities like nursing homes are considered high risk locations because their residents are older or in poor health. A single confirmed COVID-19 infection in an LTC facility resident, or more than one infection in employees or staff in a 14-day period constitutes an outbreak. Residential care facilities also represent group living facilities where COVID-19 can be easily spread. We investigate residents, staff and close contacts of infected individuals for possible exposure.

These outbreak figures are reported directly to MSDH by the facility. Many of the cases and deaths reported by facilities may not yet be included in our totals of lab-reported cases.

Ongoing Outbreaks in Nursing Homes

Because nursing homes report COVID-19 data directly to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), we have replaced our usual long-term care facility report with the most recent CMS nursing home data, avoiding duplicate reporting requirements for these facilities.

Data such as illness in residents and staff, deaths in residents, as well as a number of other data elements are now publicly available on the CMS website. MSDH is providing the following links to view this data, which is reported directly by the Nursing Homes and is updated daily.

Note: Cases and deaths listed on the CMS website may not have appeared yet in our county totals, which are based on reports from testing laboratories.

Mississippi COVID-19 Data Charts and Map

All data reports below are updated as they become available.

Hospitalizations and Bed Availability

Daily Statewide Data Charts

Our state case map and other data charts are also available in interactive form.

The charts below are based on available data at the time of publication. Charts do not include cases where insufficient details of the case are known.

Note: Values up to two weeks in the past on the chart of Cases by Date above can change as we update it with new information from disease investigation.

Weekly Statewide Data Summaries

Weekly Pediatric MIS-C Cases and Deaths

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19 that causes inflammation in many body parts, including the heart and other vital organs.

Weekly High Case and High Incidence Counties

Tracking counties with recent high numbers of COVID-19 cases, adjusted for population, provides insight on where local outbreaks are most serious, and where protective measures should be increased. For more accurate reporting, these weekly charts include sample collection dates only up to seven days in the past to allow for case investigation and delays in lab test reports.

Cases counts in these charts is based on the date of illness onset. If the date of illness is not known, the date the test sample was taken, or the date of test result reporting is used instead. Counts are adjusted as cases are investigated.

Counties are ranked by highest weekly case counts, and by weekly incidence (cases proportional to population). A separate table ranking all counties is also available. All tables updated weekly.

Syndromic Surveillance

Emergency department visits by those with symptoms characteristic of COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia, updated weekly.

Estimated Recoveries

Presumed COVID-19 cases recovered, estimated weekly (does not include cases still under investigation). is an online news source covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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