MISSISSIPPI CORONAVIRUS DASHBOARD AUGUST 10, 2020 Mississippi has vaulted into 1st in the nation in new deaths and 2nd in new cases on a weekly per capita basis. The state also has risen to 4th in cases and 9th in deaths on a total per capita basis. While new cases have decreased in the past 2 weeks from a late July peak, Mississippi’s percent positivity rate remains high at 20.7%, signaling rises in future infections as schools prepare to reopen under a confusing patchwork of directives. ❶ August 4
❶ Mississippi has risen to 4th in total cases and 9th in total deaths per capita, New York Times, compared to 16th in cases and deaths on April 27, when the state’s stay-at-home order expired. USA Today. Since July 1, Mississippi’s COVID-19 rates have risen for hospitalizations (38%), intensive care units (53%), and ventilators (83%). Derived from Mississippi Department of Health data. For the past week, the state’s percent positive test rate stands at 20.7%, over 4 times higher than the 5% rate advised by WHO. Washington Post, Johns Hopkins University.
❷ Hot spots for COVID-19 cases continue to spread into every region of the state. NYT
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New reported deaths per day
Charts and rankings: Washington Post. NYT, (masking order date added by MCJ)
Cases and deaths have spread into all parts of Mississippi. High case rates appear in population centers, but high per capita rates appear in the Delta and other rural areas.❷
MS is 2nd in rate of cases, and deaths in Deep South. ❸ Population (millions)
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Tests Per 1,000 residents
cases per 100,000 residents
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MS has large racial disparities in cases and deaths. ❹ LOWER THAN SHARE OF POPULATION
30% lower for Whites
39% higher for Blacks
22% lower for Whites
33% higher for Blacks
○ = White population Maps: NYT
HIGHER THAN SHARE OF POPULATION
● = Black population
❸ Mississippi remains 2nd among the Deep South states in cases, and deaths per capita, and continues to narrow the gap with Louisiana in cases and deaths since June 10. It now is 3rd in tests behind Louisiana and Georgia. (State Departments of Health COVID reports and Kaiser Family Foundation.)
❹ Mississippi’s racial disparities in cases and deaths remain high. For Black Mississippians, COVID-19 cases are 39% higher and deaths are 33% higher than the Black share of the state’s population. For Whites, COVID-19 cases are 30% lower and deaths are 22% lower than the White share of the state’s population. Data is from Mississippi Department of Health, which excludes cases from percentages where race is unknown.
Mississippi has dropped 2 places to 27th in the nation in testing for coronavirus since July 22, with 166 tests per capita, below the national average of 188. Kaiser Family Foundation. The state’s cumulative percent positivity rate rose 2 points to 14%.
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