MISSISSIPPI CORONAVIRUS DASHBOARD SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 Although Mississippi has driven down its new case rate by half in the past month, it remains 1st in the nation in new deaths and 7th in new cases on a weekly per capita basis. The state has risen to 3rd in cases and 8th in deaths on a total per capita basis. Its 15% percent positivity rate is high but 5 percentage points below last month. Further rises in infections are anticipated in light of statewide reports of infection at schools and colleges. ❶ August 4
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❷ 71 out of 82 Mississippi counties have reported increases in schools. Clarion Ledger. No statewide tenant-specific COVID infection data is available but the state ranks very low in pandemic protections. Eviiction Lab.
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Charts and rankings: Washington Post. NYT, (masking order date added by MCJ)
Cases have spread into all parts of Mississippi with 71 out of 82 counties reporting increases in schools. ❷
MS is 2nd in rate of cases and deaths in Deep South. ❸ Population (millions)
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MS has large racial disparities in cases and deaths. ❹ LOWER THAN SHARE OF POPULATION
30% lower for Whites 24% lower for Whites
○ = White population Maps: NYT
❶ Mississippi has risen to 3rd in total cases and 8th 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 peaks in August, Mississippi’s COVID-19 rates have fallen for hospitalizations (-35%), intensive care units (-44%), and ventilators (-35%). Derived from Mississippi Department of Health data. For the past week, the state’s percent positive test rate stands at 15%, three times higher than the 5% rate advised by WHO. Washington Post, Johns Hopkins University.
HIGHER THAN SHARE OF POPULATION
35% higher for Blacks 30% higher for Blacks
● = 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 4th in tests behind all but South Carolina. (Washington Post).
❹ Mississippi’s racial disparities in cases and deaths remain high. For Black Mississippians, COVID-19 cases are 35% higher and deaths are 30% higher than the Black share of the state’s population. For Whites, COVID-19 cases are 30% lower and deaths are 24% 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 3 places to 30th in the nation in testing for coronavirus since August 10, with 197 tests per capita, below the national average of 243. Kaiser Family Foundation. The state’s cumulative percent positivity rate rose 1 points to 15%.
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