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Adams County reports most active COVID-19 cases yet as state numbers rise

NATCHEZ — Adams County had 81 active COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, which local officials say is the highest rate ever in the county.

With Thursday’s Mississippi State Department of Health COVID-19 report, Adams County’s numbers increased by eight cases to 340 confirmed COVID-19 cases since Wednesday’s reported number of 332 in the county. Adams County’s death toll is now 19 and local officials are reporting larger numbers of positive cases in the county in recent days.

Of Adams County’s cases, 44 were residents of long-term care facilities and 11 residents of long-term care facilities died with the disease.

On Thursday, Adams County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert Bradford Sr. said Adams County had 81 active cases, which is up from 70 active cases in Adams County on Wednesday.

“We’ve never been this high before,” said Bradford of the active cases that usually hover around 15 to 20 active cases. “Continue to wear your mask and social distance.”

Statewide, MSDH reported 703 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 virus-related deaths in Mississippi on Thursday.

MSDH reports three of the latest recorded deaths occurred between June 28 and July 8, including one from Adams County, and were only recently confirmed to have been COVID-19 related with death certificate reports.

Mississippi’s total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 33,591 with 2,882 deaths.

MSDH officials said new cases are counted per individual who tests positive for COVID-19. If a person is retested after an initial positive test and receives another positive test, that does not count as an additional positive.

In addition if someone tests positive and and recovers and tests positive again, that would only count as one test/case.

“Re-tests are not counted,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. “An individual would only count once, even if they had tested positive before and recovered, then became ill again. It would count as one case.”

Also, inmates in the Adams County Correctional Facility located off of U.S. 84 in Natchez would count toward Adams County’s infection rate, Byers said.

Currently ICE is reporting no active cases at the Adams County facility, but a total of 35 cases have been reported in the facility with no deaths.

Statewide, MSDH reports 110 long-term care facilities such as nursing homes in the state now have active outbreaks and 49 new COVID-19 cases where an outbreak is defined as one or more cases among residents or staff.

Mississippi Hospitals had 686 COVID-19 patients on Thursday.

More details of COVID-19 in the state, along with preventive steps to take against coronavirus and statewide testing locations, are online at http://HealthyMS.com/covid-19.

The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline is the best way to get your questions about COVID-19 answered. Call 877-978-6453 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

Cases and Deaths by County

Totals of all reported cases since March 11, including those in long-term care (LTC) facilities.

County Total Cases Total Deaths Total LTC Facility Cases Total LTC Facility Deaths
Adams 340 19 44 11
Alcorn 85 2 1 1
Amite 106 3 13 2
Attala 375 24 89 19
Benton 42 0 1 0
Bolivar 380 18 36 6
Calhoun 147 5 23 4
Carroll 173 11 45 9
Chickasaw 292 19 36 11
Choctaw 75 4 0 0
Claiborne 293 10 43 8
Clarke 214 25 19 9
Clay 255 11 2 1
Coahoma 215 6 0 0
Copiah 631 15 29 3
Covington 419 5 2 0
Desoto 1818 18 20 5
Forrest 939 43 95 29
Franklin 49 2 3 1
George 102 3 1 0
Greene 108 10 34 6
Grenada 535 7 43 4
Hancock 138 13 9 4
Harrison 1040 14 96 7
Hinds 2697 48 149 17
Holmes 573 41 98 20
Humphreys 159 10 18 6
Issaquena 10 1 0 0
Itawamba 141 8 34 7
Jackson 727 17 46 5
Jasper 267 6 1 0
Jefferson 117 3 0 0
Jefferson Davis 116 4 3 1
Jones 1173 49 157 34
Kemper 180 14 38 9
Lafayette 437 4 42 1
Lamar 502 7 3 2
Lauderdale 942 81 202 52
Lawrence 199 2 0 0
Leake 613 20 3 0
Lee 586 21 65 14
Leflore 522 56 173 41
Lincoln 509 35 111 26
Lowndes 526 13 25 6
Madison 1382 36 135 18
Marion 313 12 15 2
Marshall 269 3 6 0
Monroe 436 35 99 29
Montgomery 149 3 0 0
Neshoba 1022 74 102 27
Newton 357 10 7 1
Noxubee 275 8 15 3
Oktibbeha 568 28 130 18
Panola 399 6 2 1
Pearl River 276 32 50 12
Perry 76 4 0 0
Pike 470 20 41 10
Pontotoc 326 6 3 1
Prentiss 112 3 24 3
Quitman 89 1 0 0
Rankin 1035 15 33 0
Scott 792 15 14 2
Sharkey 42 0 1 0
Simpson 373 3 2 0
Smith 234 12 52 8
Stone 73 2 2 1
Sunflower 452 8 1 0
Tallahatchie 166 4 3 1
Tate 323 13 28 9
Tippah 144 11 0 0
Tishomingo 92 1 2 0
Tunica 119 3 12 2
Union 238 11 20 8
Walthall 226 7 2 1
Warren 553 20 39 9
Washington 643 10 13 1
Wayne 554 16 31 3
Webster 128 11 52 10
Wilkinson 95 9 5 2
Winston 287 11 34 8
Yalobusha 193 8 35 7
Yazoo 543 6 20 2
Total 33,591 1,204 2,882 580

 

 

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