Though there have been no deaths from COVID-19 in the four-county area in several weeks, the numbers of cases in the Golden Triangle are creeping up, with 78 new cases reported between April 7 and 14.
Lowndes County saw 38 new cases, bringing its total number since the pandemic began in March 2020 to 6,286, according to the most recent data from Mississippi State Department of Health’s website. There have been 144 deaths total.
In Oktibbeha County, 25 new cases were reported, bringing the county’s total to 4,570. There have been 97 deaths total.
Clay County had the fewest new cases reported, with only seven. There have been 1,830 total cases and 54 deaths in the county since March 2020.
None of the deaths occurred within the last month. All four counties have also seen increasing vaccinations.
As of 8 a.m. Thursday, roughly 21 percent of Lowndes County’s population — 12,438 people — had been fully vaccinated, with 27,657 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine administered so far.
In Oktibbeha County, 10,113 people — about 20 percent of the population — had been fully vaccinated, with 25,859 doses administered total.
About 24 percent of Noxubee County residents — 2,455 people total — had been fully vaccinated, with 5,244 doses administered total.
About 20 percent of Clay County’s population — 3,852 people — had been fully vaccinated, with 8,120 doses administered total.
Statewide there have been 308,521 cases total since March 2020 and 7,127 deaths. More than 660,500 people have been fully vaccinated, and more than 1,516,000 doses have been administered.