Saturday, January 29, 2022

Department of Health Releases Weekly COVID-19 Data by County

By Alyssa Schnugg
News editor

MSDH is now releasing weekly COVID-19 data broken down by county.

The Mississippi State Department of Health is now releasing weekly COVID-19 updates broken down by each county.

The new weekly graphs show some local statistics and case trends for each county, which the department claims will give county leaders a “better picture of local conditions” to assist with their response to the spread of the virus.

The data will be released each Monday on the MSDH’s website and will include cases and deaths by age group; cases in outbreak settings; deaths in and out of long-term care facilities; cases by race; and deaths by race.

According to the first breakdown, which includes data through July 11, Lafayette County has had a total of 510 cases with the most, 254, being among the 18-29 age group. The data shows that outbreaks in long-term care facilities have consistently gone down since it spikes in early June.

There have been four deaths in the county associated with COVID-19 – three were patients in a long-term care facility.

Fifty-eight percent of the people testing positive in Lafayette County are white, 33 percent are black; 13 percent are of another (or mixed) race, and .3 percent are Asian. Three of the four people who died from COVID-19 were black and one was white.

As of Monday, Mississippi’s total of COVID-19 cases since March 11 now stands at 36,680, with 1,250 deaths.

View the stats for Lafayette County here.