By Nicole Stokes
Franklin County saw 12 new cases of COVID-19 in the past week, according to data provided by the Mississippi Department of Health.
The county’s cumulative number of infections stood at 1,189 as of Tuesday, Oct. 12.
The health agency also noted no new deaths tied to the illness have been reported locally with none seen in the past five weeks.
Thus far, 28 deaths have been attributed in Franklin County to coronavirus — 12 of the fatalities were Black or African American non-hispanics and 13 were non-hispanic Caucasians.
Three residents who died were Black or African American with unknown ethnicity.
In the 19 months since the pandemic has been present in Franklin County, here are some milestones where the illness is concerned based on data provided by the state health agency:
• MOST INFECTIONS — The calendar month with the most number of coronavirus infections was August, 2021 with 199 positive cases reported county-wide.
That topped the previous record set in December, 2020 when the number of illnesses tied to COVID-19 locally was calculated at 191 individuals.
As far as most infections during a week’s time, the health department reported the week ending Saturday, Aug. 28 saw 61 cases of the virus while the week ending Saturday, Aug. 21 was second worst with 60 cases.
• MOST FATALITIES — December of 2020 remains, by far, the deadliest month of the pandemic when 10 deaths were reported in Franklin County.
Four deaths were tallied during January, 2021 with three reported in July, 2021.
Eight months have seen no fatalities recorded locally, including March, June, July and September in 2020 and April, May, June and September thus far in 2021.
Statewide, 495,312 residents have tested positive for the illness since the start of the pandemic.
Of that number, 9,833 have died across all 82 counties in the Magnolia State.
Health officials continue to urge residents who have not gotten the shot to make an appointment to receive the inoculation.
The health department also reported on Tuesday, Oct. 12 that 3,580 Franklin County residents — about 46 percent of the population — have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The number of local residents considered fully vaccinated has reached 3,243 — or about 42 percent of the area’s population.
Presently, in Mississippi, 47 percent of residents have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 42 percent are fully vaccinated.
Vaccines are available locally at Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Meadville on Tuesday and Thursday between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The vaccines are available to anyone age 18 and older as well as to those between the ages of 12 and 17 with parental consent.
To make an appointment, call FCMH at 601-384-8264.