Mississippi Coronavirus Cases
As of May 26, Mississippi reported 14,044 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Of these, 670 has resulted in death. Hinds County has the majority of cases with 920 reported, then Lauderdale County coming in next at 690, and Madison County following after with 687 reported cases.
Mississippi Records Highest Weekly Average For Coronavirus Cases
Mississippi has recorded its highest weekly count of confirmed coronavirus cases since the onset of the pandemic, as state officials continue to relax coronavirus restrictions.
Last week, the Mississippi State Department of Health recorded 1,956 new cases, the highest total cases in a week ever recorded by the state. According to health officials, unlike prior weeks where day to day variability in new cases had been observed, the number of daily new cases recorded remained steady all week, with over 200 cases being reported daily.
"We cannot ask the people of Mississippi to do more than they are able to do for a sustained period of time,” said Governor Reeves. “Over the past two weeks, we have steadily opened up more and more of our economy. That is good and right, it is necessary. There are very, very few businesses still closed. There will still be some guidelines in place for businesses, but we will be out of the business of closing down anybody.”
Since the onset of the pandemic, over 13,000 confirmed coronavirus cases have been recorded in the state, with over 12% of these cases occurring in Long-term Care Facilities, which are considered high risk locations by the state’s health department.
“Long-term care facilities like nursing homes are considered high risk locations because their residents are older or in poor health,” says the Mississippi State Department of Health. “Even one case of COVID-19 in these facilities among residents or employees is considered an outbreak. We investigate residents, staff and close contacts of infected individuals for possible exposure.”
As of May 23, 315 coronavirus related deaths have been recorded in long-term care facilities.
"I am heartbroken and furious. In Mississippi, a church was just burned to the ground. They had been trying to open services. There was graffiti on the lot which read ‘Bet you stay home now you hypocrites.’ What is this pandemic doing to us? We need prayer for this country."
Governor Tate Reeves.
Mississippi Church Suing State Over Coronavirus Restrictions Gutted By Fire
Barely one month after challenging some of the state’s coronavirus restrictions, a Mississippi church has been destroyed by a suspected arson fire.
The First Pentecostal Church, located in Holly Springs, burned down on Wednesday, May 20. According to investigators from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, graffiti was found in the church’s parking lot that read ‘Bet you stay home now you hypokrits.’ “We’ve kind of racked our brains and we have no idea,” said Jerry Waldrop, the pastor of the church, said. “No enemies that we know of. We don’t know anyone that we even think could be capable of doing something like this.”
Last month, Waldrop had filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that police officers had disrupted a church bible study and Easter service. City officials say that the violation citation was issued after it was discovered that parishioners found in the church were not practicing social distancing. However, a federal court ruling allowed the First Pentecostal Church to stay open for drive-in services.
According to Stephen Cramptron, a lawyer from the Thomas More Society who also represented the church in the lawsuit, since the ruling, the church had been receiving a lot of bad comments on social media.
“We're in a time where I don't think it's any secret that there's a growing hostility toward churches, across the board,” said Crampton. “And now, here are churches like First Pentecostal that are sort of stirring up the waters by being outspoken and somewhat firm about seeking to protect their Constitutional rights.”
Authorities are offering a reward for any information on the arson, which is still under investigation.
- 23,697 initial unemployment insurance claims were recorded in Mississippi during the week that ended on May 16.
- As of March 2020, Mississippi has an unemployment rate of 5.3%
- Close to 20% of Mississippi’s residents live in poverty.
- 14.4% of persons under the age of 65 in Mississippi have no health insurance.
- The 2020 Mississippi Comic Con has been cancelled.