COVID-19 cases: Mississippi reports 277 new cases

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We are bringing you the latest COVID-19 Mississippi trends with daily case, death and hospitalization updates, as well as testing data charts and other helpful interactive maps and graphs.

This page was last updated Sunday, September 20:

New cases: 277 | New Deaths: 1

Total Hospitalizations: 630


Total cases: 93,364 | Total Deaths: 2,810

Mask Mandates | On Sept. 14, Gov. Tate Reeves extended his statewide mask mandate order, originally issued on Aug. 4, until Sept. 30. View the full list of COVID-19 orders here.

All data and information reported by the Mississippi State Department of Health as of 6 p.m. yesterday

Weekly update: Wednesday, Sept. 16

On Monday the seven-day average for new cases reached 413, the lowest since June 24. The average has since jumped back to 490, but is still considerably lower than it was for throughout the months of July and August.

After a while as one of the states with the most new cases per capita, Mississippi now ranks 17th in that category.

Hospitalizations are trending similarly: the seven-day average of 673 total patients — including confirmed and suspected cases — is the lowest since June 20; the average of 179 patients in ICUs is the lowest since July 8; and the average of 98 patients using ventilators is the lowest since July 9.

Based on the health department numbers, the state is averaging about 4,000 new tests per day, and the weekly positivity rate — the number of new cases per new diagnostic tests for the week — is at 10.7%, dropping from 14.6% earlier this month.

However, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource center, Mississippi still ranks fourth among all states in recent positivity rate at 15.8%.

Within the state, North Mississippi continues to see the largest increases: in the last week, Itawamba, Prentiss and Lafayette counties saw the largest percent change in total cases, all over 10%. 

As far as total cases per capita, the Delta continues to lead the state: Issaquena, Holmes, Sharkey, Sunflower and Bolivar counties all rank in the top 10 for that measure.

The state health department estimates 78,971 people have recovered.


Click through the links below to view our interactive charts describing the trends around the coronavirus in Mississippi:

View our COVID-19 resource page for more information about coronavirus in Mississippi.