Last updated: January 26, 2021


new cases of the coronavirus and a total of 266,598 cases in Mississippi.


new deaths reported and a total of 5,852 deaths in Mississippi.


doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines distributed in Mississippi.

Mask Mandates | On Sept. 30, Gov. Tate Reeves ended the statewide mask mandate order, originally issued Aug. 4. Currently, there are 73 individual counties with mask mandates. State health officials encourage widespread masking and credit the original mandate with helping cases improve after a steep summer spike. 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

Last updated Jan. 21:

After leveling off in mid-January, COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations appear to be steadily dropping for the first time in months. While cases dropped momentarily during the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year holiday periods, health officials attributed those trends to slower reporting. 

The current daily new case average, 1,896, is an 8% decrease from a week ago. The average for total hospitalizations, which peaked Jan. 8, had dropped 10% week-over-week as of Tuesday. 

Deaths also began to drop this month. After peaking at 41 deaths per day on Jan. 6, the average dropped down to 35 by Jan. 13; however, that number is still as a high as any time in 2020 apart from two days in December. Moreover, Mississippi now ranks third in new deaths per capita, according to the New York Times’ tracker

Geographically, high case rates are now more concentrated in the northern half of the state, compared to earlier in the pandemic when high rates were more spread out regionally. As of today, the counties with highest rates per capita are Bolivar, Union, Issaquena, Pontotoc and Neshoba.

The health department reports that 207,796 people are presumed recovered as of Jan. 17.

COVID-19 Cases: The Data

Cases by County | New Cases | School Cases | Hospitalizations | Testing Data

U.S. COVID Map | Illness Onset | Demographics | Positivity Rate

Cases by County

New Cases

School Cases


Testing Data


Illness Onset


Positivity Rate

View our full COVID-19 in Mississippi coverage and resources here.

Alex Rozier

Alex Rozier, a native of New York City, is Mississippi Today’s data reporter. He analyzes data and creates visuals that further inform our reporting. He also reports on the environment, transportation and Mississippi culture and is a member of the engagement team. Alex, whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe and Open Secrets, has a bachelor’s in journalism from Boston University.