The Mississippi Delta and other rural areas in the state are being hardest hit by the pandemic. Already isolated from decent health care, many who live in Mississippi suffer from a litany of health problems that make them prey to COVID-19 if they become infected. Many deaths in Mississippi from COVID-19 have been in rural Mississippi counties—where hospitals have disappeared and where high-risk illnesses make the coronavirus even deadlier.
Mississippi’s cases rose from 98,190 to 143,879 and deaths from 2,969 to 3,676.
Eight of a dozen Mississippi juveniles convicted of capital murder since 2012 have received life-without-parole sentences. All but one are Black.
Inadequate housing, lack of transportation, financial woes, discrimination, and violence have plagued these impoverished places for generations, fueling increased stresses on health.
Twice as many residents caught COVID-19 at Mississippi's for-profit nursing homes, and nearly three times more died there, an analysis of health data by the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting shows.
Founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting discusses COVID-19’s effect on the most impoverished areas of the state