After going three weeks without recording a single death from COVID-19, Leflore and Carroll counties have added one each this past week.
Leflore County recorded its 124th death on Wednesday, and Carroll County its 26th the next day, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.
The Leflore County victim was Black, the Carroll County victim white.
In Leflore County, 72% of the deaths related to COVID-19 have been of Blacks, while in Carroll County 62% have been of whites. The breakdowns roughly mirror the racial percentages of each county’s overall population.
On a per capita basis, Leflore County has the sixth-highest death rate from the virus of Mississippi’s 82 counties. Carroll County’s rate is 48th.
Even while national health officials have been cautioning about a possible new surge in cases, Mississippi’s infection numbers remain low.
For the week ending Wednesday, the state averaged less than one new case of COVID-19 daily per 10,000 residents, according to the data tracked by the Brown School of Public Health. Mississippi’s rate (0.73) was the third-lowest in the nation and put the state as a whole in the “yellow” risk category, the second lowest in Brown’s ratings. Only one county, Yalobusha, was still in the highest risk category of “red.”
The infection rates in Leflore (0.51) and Carroll (0.14) were even lower than the state average.
Greenwood Leflore Hospital also has seen its census of COVID-19 patients decline significantly in recent weeks, another sign of less community spread of the virus. As of Friday morning, the hospital was treating only one patient with COVID-19, according to Christine Hemphill, a hospital spokeswoman. That patient was on a ventilator to help the patient breathe.