January has seen the highest number of new COVID-19 cases, but the death rate seems to be slowing.

Thirty-five COVID-19 related deaths occurred in Mississippi between December 14, 2020 and January 18, 2021, identified from death certificate reports, according to the Mississippi Department of Health. One of those was in George County.

Since the pandemic began nearly 11 months ago, there have been 164,977 cases of the disease diagnosed statewide with another 90,148 disease cases that are probably COVID-19. That is a total of 255,125 cases of the disease in Mississippi. Of those, 5,574 have resulted in the patient’s death.

So far, January 2021 has been the worst month since the pandemic began. The past seven-day average of new cases has been 1,881 per day with a peak of nearly 3,500 new cases on January 14. Hospitalizations have fallen from a high of 1444 on January 4 to 1229 on Monday, January 18.

An estimated 207,769 Mississippians have recovered from the disease.

George County has seen 1,998 cases of the disease with 39 deaths since last March.

Nationally, 24,087,284 cases of the virus have been confirmed with just short of 400,000 deaths.

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