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Jackson mayor lists neighborhoods with increases in COVID-19 infection rates – WAPT Jackson

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Dec 1, 2020

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba listed neighborhoods during a briefing Monday that are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases.Areas with the greatest gains of infection rate per 100,000 residents since last week include the Eastover community in northeast Jackson and Presidential Hills in West Jackson, according to Lumumba.Eastover, Highland Meadows and the Sherwood Forest areas have seen a 142% increase in cases since September, Lumumba said. The Belhaven and Millsaps neighborhoods have seen a 120% increase in the same time period.Lumumba said the area north of Jackson State University, between Robinson and Capital streets, has seen a 116% increase since September. Hinds County’s infection rate is 35 per 100,000 people, while the city of Jackson is 29 per 100,000 people, the mayor said.“We must remain vigilant,” Lumumba said. “I know there is a bit of fatigue from all of the COVID information and what we’re telling people to do.”Lumumba attributed the spike in COVID-19 in part to the Mississippi State Fair held in October in Jackson and a decision from the governor to pull back a statewide mask mandate. “We can’t fail to recognize that that probably had a detrimental impact,” Lumumba said.The mayor also urged residents to get a flu shot to prevent further illnesses from putting an additional strain on area hospitals.“We are well aware that hospitals are having to turn people away because we are putting too much pressure on our hospitals at this time,” Lumumba said.Lumumba asked residents to social distance, keep gatherings to a minimum and wear a mask. He said the city of Jackson may return to working remotely.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba listed neighborhoods during a briefing Monday that are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Areas with the greatest gains of infection rate per 100,000 residents since last week include the Eastover community in northeast Jackson and Presidential Hills in West Jackson, according to Lumumba.

Eastover, Highland Meadows and the Sherwood Forest areas have seen a 142% increase in cases since September, Lumumba said. The Belhaven and Millsaps neighborhoods have seen a 120% increase in the same time period.

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Lumumba said the area north of Jackson State University, between Robinson and Capital streets, has seen a 116% increase since September.

Hinds County’s infection rate is 35 per 100,000 people, while the city of Jackson is 29 per 100,000 people, the mayor said.

“We must remain vigilant,” Lumumba said. “I know there is a bit of fatigue from all of the COVID information and what we’re telling people to do.”

Lumumba attributed the spike in COVID-19 in part to the Mississippi State Fair held in October in Jackson and a decision from the governor to pull back a statewide mask mandate.

“We can’t fail to recognize that that probably had a detrimental impact,” Lumumba said.

The mayor also urged residents to get a flu shot to prevent further illnesses from putting an additional strain on area hospitals.

“We are well aware that hospitals are having to turn people away because we are putting too much pressure on our hospitals at this time,” Lumumba said.

Lumumba asked residents to social distance, keep gatherings to a minimum and wear a mask. He said the city of Jackson may return to working remotely.

 

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