New COVID-19 data from the Mississippi Department of Health show Neshoba County has recently fared better than other parts of the state over the past couple of weeks.

According to the latest reports from the Mississippi Department of Health, the number of new confirmed cases in Neshoba County dropped to just 79 over the past two weeks after totaling 193 in the week prior.

Neshoba was one of eight counties that had been selected for special guidelines around masking in public and social distancing to get the numbers under control.

The encouraging numbers have moved Neshoba County’s infection rate into the “falling” category, according to the New York Times database of U.S. counties.

Neshoba County added 14 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total since the state health department started reporting numbers on March 11 to 907. The county has suffered 60 deaths from the virus, including 24 in long-term care facilities.

The Choctaw population continues to be the hardest hit. Native Americans represent 411 of the Neshoba’s 907 cases.

The state is presuming that 17,242 patients have recovered from the virus - roughly 77.36 percent.