Mississippi’s daily COVID-19 case count exceeded 1,000 on Thursday for the first time since August as the state’s numbers see some resurgence.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,322 new cases on Thursday along with 12 newly reported deaths. The fatalities include a couple from Northeast Mississippi – one from Tippah County and one from Lee County.

The number of daily new cases had been running less than 600, and the state is concerned about the recent increases.

“Last week, we had a pretty significant increase in the number of reports we received,” State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs said on Monday. “We do think this represents increased transmission in the community.”

In the weekly ranking of high incidence counties, covering the period of Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, Lee County was at the top of the chart with 194 new cases, a 6 percent increase. Alcorn County ranked 32nd among the 82 counties with 31 new cases, a 4 percent increase. Tippah County was 36th with 29 new cases, a 4 percent increase; Prentiss County was 37th with 28 new cases, a 3 percent increase; and Tishomingo County was 44th with 24 new cases, a 3 percent increase.

As of Thursday, Alcorn County had 920 total positive cases since the pandemic began, an increase of 47 over the week, or 5 percent. The county recorded one additional death over the week, for a total of 12 to date.

After reaching 507 on Monday, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide ticked down to 481 on Wednesday, the latest reported day. The number of those patients in an ICU was 138 on Wednesday, down from 145 on Monday. The number of patients on a ventilator was 69 on Wednesday, unchanged from Monday.

Magnolia Regional Health Center had 16 confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized on Wednesday. The number is holding fairly steady and was also 16 on Sunday, according to Department of Health numbers. The hospital had seven adult COVID patients in ICU as of Wednesday with six available adult ICU beds.

North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka had two hospitalized; Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville had three hospitalized; and Tippah County Hospital had four hospitalized.

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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