Franklin County coronavirus case count stands at 1,222

by Sean Dunlap

Franklin County’s cumulative coronavirus case total climbed to 1,222 as of Tuesday, Nov. 9, according to the Mississippi Department of Health.

The number of COVID-19 cases reported in the county grew by seven in the week-long period starting Tuesday, Nov. 2.

One number where the virus is concerned that has not changed is fatalities.

A total of 28 local residents have died due to complications associated with the illness dating back to March, 2020.

There have been no new deaths reported here by the state health agency since the week ending Saturday, Aug. 28 — a 10-week trend officials said they hope to see continue.

Statewide on Tuesday, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases stood at 507,116 — a total that includes reported virus incidents since the outbreak began early last year.

Additionally, the total number of deaths statewide since the pandemic started was reported at 10,153 as of Tuesday.

With the approaching holiday season, Jim Craig, who serves as Mississippi’s director of health protection, said he and other health care officials are concerned about people being exposed to the virus while taking part in end-of-year gatherings.

“The important thing, if at all possible, is to get vaccinated,” Craig said.

“While you can do the things we talk about —the social distancing, the hand hygiene and getting tested if you feel sick or have symptoms — if you are sick, try not to be around others.”

State health officials confirmed on Tuesday, Nov. 9 that 47 percent of Franklin Countians — a total of 3,645 residents —have taken at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Some 3,316 local residents — about 43 percent of the population — are considered to be fully vaccinated.

Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Meadville continues to administer first- and second-round COVID-19 vaccinations as well as booster shots between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays at its facilities on Main Street.

To make an appointment, call 601-384-8264.

FCMH’s Family Medical Group clinics have also announced a new community outreach program being held in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Health.

Clinics Manager Rhonda Terrell said her facility’s mobile unit will call on Franklin County area businesses and churches to administer COVID boosters vaccines when requested.

Those interested in having a vaccination event at their location should contact Terrell at 601-384-3199 or email her at