Only 28 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the four-county area of Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee between March 26 and 31, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health website. No new deaths from the pandemic were reported in those counties during that span.
Oktibbeha County led the way with new cases in the area with 13, bringing its total since the pandemic began to 4,524. Lowndes County, which has the largest total in the Golden Triangle with 6,217, saw an increase of 12 cases since March 26.
Clay County increased by only two in that timeframe, bringing its case total to 1,818. Noxubee County saw only one new case, bringing its total to 1,252.
Since the pandemic began, 144 COVID deaths have been reported in Lowndes County, 97 in Oktibbeha, 54 in Clay and 31 in Noxubee.
Meanwhile, vaccinations continue to surge, with all adult Mississippians now eligible to make an appointment.
In Lowndes County, 23,558 doses have been administered, with 14,459 (25 percent of the population) receiving at least one dose and 9,481 (17 percent) fully vaccinated.
A reported 20,815 doses have been administered in Oktibbeha County, with 14,037 (28 percent) receiving at least one dose and 6,991 (15 percent) fully vaccinated.
In Clay County, 6,837 doses have been given, with 4,328 people (22 percent) receiving at least one dose and 2,849 (15 percent) fully vaccinated. In Noxubee County, 4,383 doses have been administered, with 2,931 (28 percent of the population) receiving at least one dose and 1,917 (19 percent) fully vaccinated.
Statewide, there have been 305,417 cases and 7,048 deaths reported since the pandemic began. More than 1.2 million vaccines have been administered, with 788,956 people receiving at least one dose and 501,752 fully vaccinated.