Alcorn County was among the top 15 Mississippi counties for new COVID-19 cases in the latest two-week snapshot reported by the State Department of Health.

As of Monday afternoon, Magnolia Regional Health Center reported 21 patients hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19.

In the period of Oct. 19 to Nov. 1, the county had 170 new cases, ranking 14th among the 82 counties with a 17 percent increase over the previous period. The most new cases during that period occurred in DeSoto County, with 901. Lee County was sixth with 338 new cases.

Tippah County had 105 new cases during the two-week frame; Prentiss County, 90; and Tishomingo County, 52.

Alcorn County ranked 15th among high-incidence counties during the same period with 460 cases per 100,000 population. Tippah County ranked 11th with 476.9 cases per 100,000 population.

Coronavirus activity is picking up in the state with more than 1,600 cases reported on Thursday, with 87 percent of those occurring between Nov. 1 and Nov. 4. Along with cases, average daily deaths are beginning to increase, the Department of Health said, as transmission continues to be widespread through the state’s communities.

“We must continue to use masks and practice social distancing – interventions we know are effective in limiting the spread of the disease,” the department said in a public statement.

On Monday, the state reported 516 new cases and no new deaths. Alcorn County’s total cases reported through Monday is 1,212, an increase of 7 percent from 1,131 a week earlier. The county has had a total of 72 long-term care facility cases with three deaths.

As of Monday, Tishomingo County was at 905 total cases, rising 7 percent from 845 a week earlier, with 41 total deaths, unchanged from a week ago. Prentiss County was at 1,187 total cases, rising 6 percent from 1,120 over the week, with 22 deaths, rising from 20 a week ago. Tippah County was at 1,044 cases as of Monday, rising 7 percent from 977 a week earlier. The county’s death total rose by one to 26.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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