Mississippi has reached a grim milestone in its COVID-19 numbers, with more than 10,000 residents having been infected by the virus.
At a press conference today, State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers announced that the state had 182 new cases and eight additional deaths.
The new cases brings the total number of infections in the Magnolia State to 10,090. Total deaths are 465, according to the Department of Health’s Website.
Nearly half the cases (4,931) have been in the African American community, as has more than half of the deaths (249), Byers said.
Gov. Tate Reeves said approximately 7,000 people have recovered the virus.
Locally, 493 cases have been reported in Madison County, while 698 have been reported in Hinds.
Officials say they are monitoring Madison County, which has seen COVID cases grow by 149 between May 4 and May 10.
“We are watching Madison County very closely. May be additional action we need to take, and we’re going to work on that,” Byers said.
Through May 10, Madison had 441.2 cases per hundred thousand residents, while Hinds County had 284.7 cases per hundred thousand people, MSDH data shows.
Several counties have a much higher infection rate, with Neshoba, Attala, Holmes, Scott and Leake counties all reporting more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, Lauderdale has 653 cases per 100,000 thousand people, while Newton has 662 cases per 100,000 people.
In those seven counties, Reeves has implemented additional social distancing guidelines.
To date, the state has conducted more than 100,000 tests.