COVID-19 Update: State still at top of virus death rates

Published 3:00 pm Friday, October 15, 2021

Mississippi remains at the top of the list for highest death rate from coronavirus COVID-19 as of Oct. 14.

The Magnolia State has recorded 333 deaths per 100,000 people (3.33%), or 9,917 deaths from a population of 2.98 million.

Ten new deaths and 411 new COVID-19 positive test results were reported Friday by the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Mississippi has now recorded 497,790 cases of the novel coronavirus.

As of Friday morning’s report, 16.7% of the state’s residents have had COVID-19. National stats show 13.4% of United States residents have tested positive for the virus (44.8 million from a population of 333.49 million) and 0.22% (722,000) have died.

Mississippi is eighth in the highest number of cases per 100,000 people —16,694. The top seven are, in descending order, Tennessee, North Dakota, Alaska, South Carolina, Florida, South Dakota and Arkansas.

The lowest statistics are in Hawaii (5,777 per 100,000) and Vermont (5,826 per 100,000).

Lincoln County has reported 5,417 cases (27 new since Monday), or 15.9% of the county’s population. The county has recorded 134 deaths (none new for the week), or 3.9% of the population. This translates to 389 deaths per 100,000 people, well above the state’s 333 per 100,000.

Thirty more counties of Mississippi’s 82 have a higher death rate, however — the highest in Neshoba County at 694 per 100,000, followed by 590 in Clarke County, 549 in Montgomery County and 527 in Issaquena County, each per 100,000 residents.

In Lincoln’s bordering neighbors, the following totals have been reported to-date:

• Amite — 2,035 cases (five new), 54 deaths — death rate of 433 per 100,000

• Copiah — 4,446 cases (five new), 91 deaths — death rate of 317 per 100,000

• Franklin — 1,191 cases, 28 deaths — death rate of 361 per 100,000

• Jefferson — 942 cases, 34 deaths — death rate of 462 per 100,000

• Lawrence — 2,111 cases, 40 deaths (2 new) — death rate of 317 per 100,000

• Pike — 5,784 cases (four new), 152 deaths — death rate of 383 per 100,000

• Walthall — 2,177 cases (one new), 63 deaths — death rate of 432 per 100,000