By Sean Dunlap
The number of coronavirus cases in Franklin County showed a dramatic rise in the past week, according to the Mississippi Department of Health.
Statistics provided by the agency as of Tuesday, July 20 found 859 cases have been reported in the county since the COVID-19 outbreak began in March, 2020.
That number is an increase of six cases in the past seven days.
On a positive note, the health department noted there have been no new fatalities tied to the coronavirus illness in Franklin County — a streak now entering its 17th week.
In all, 23 area residents have died as a result of coronavirus complications.
The state health agency also reports no change in the number of COVID-19 variant strains impacting the area.
Tuesday’s report saw no uptick in the six cases of B.1.1.7 United Kingdom strain found in Franklin County thus far.
Also, no cases of the Delta variant or any other strain have been identified locally among those with the illness.
Vaccinations against COVID-19 are still available by making an appointment through Apothecare, LLC at 82 Main Street East in Meadville (601-384-3105); Family Health Care Clinic Inc., at 445 Main Street East in Meadville (1-800-508-7481); or Franklin County Memorial Hospital’s Family Medical Group (601-384-3199).
As of July 20, the health department reported 2,556 county residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 inoculation (33 percent of the area’s population) while 2,365 (31 percent of residents) are considered as fully vaccinated.