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Mississippi Now No. 1 in All-Time COVID Deaths Per 100,000, Dethroning New Jersey

First Lady Elee Reeves watches as Governor Tate Reeves speaks behind a podium

Mississippi now leads the nation in COVID-19 deaths per 100,000, usurping New Jersey, an early pandemic hotspot that until last week had held the title for 15 months. The Magnolia State claimed the unenviable title following a month in which the delta variant surge pushed hospitals to the point of collapse with coronavirus patient levels at all-time highs for both children and adults.