Big jump in Coronavirus cases in Grenada

By REGGIE ROSS
Staff Writer

The number of Coronavirus cases in Grenada County continues to rise, as state figures show 15 new cases were added since Tuesday.

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, Grenada is currently at 226 cases, up from the 211 stated yesterday. Grenada County is shown to have four deaths related to the virus.

According to MSHD, Grenada County had the sixth highest COVID-19 incidences in the state for June 15 -21, a one week period. The department of health shows that Grenada County had 18 cases that week.

One area affected by COVID – 19 is the Grenada County jail, and according to the correctional leaders, several staffers there have tested positive, including the warden.

Ed Hargett, president of Corrections Management Services, said 11 staff members have tested positive for the Coronavirus, but some have since recovered and returned to work.

“None of the inmates have tested positive,” Hargett said. “While those correctional officers were out recovering, we brought in private security officers that worked as replacements for us,” Hargett said.

As a safety precaution, Grenada County Justice Court has currently closed its doors and is being cleaned by a professional service due to the high traffic inside the building.

According to the MSDH, 17,242 have presumably recovered from the Coronavirus.

Statewide there are 23,424 cases, and the MSDH reported a record 611 new cases Tuesday and 11 deaths in Mississippi. Stats released today show 526 new cases and 22 new deaths, bringing the state’s total number of deaths to 1,011. One of the deaths reported today was in neighboring Montgomery County.