Mississippi’s healthcare system is being threatened by a surge of COVID cases, putting them on the brink of being overwhelmed.
The Independent reports that Mississippi’s Director of Health Protection Jim Craig has said that the state has asked the federal government to send in a hospital ship, like that of the USNS Comfort which was sent to New York City in 2020. According to University of Mississippi School of Medicine LouAnn Woodward, “the Mississippi hospital system will fail within the next five to seven or ten days if the current trajectory continues.” Additionally, she reported that 90 percent of their patients were unvaccinated.
Health officials reported more than 4,400 new cases on Thursday and 20 deaths. Across the state, more than 1,500 people have been hospitalized and over 400 ICU beds have been filled by Covid patients. The situation in Mississippi is now worse than last winter, which was the worst the state had seen since the pandemic started.
Mississippi has seen more than 376,000 Covid cases and 7,730 deaths. Friday morning, the University of Mississippi Medical Center opened up a 20 bed field hospital in its parking garage, according to the Dhaka Tribune. This overwhelming Covid numbers has been attributed to low vaccination rates and the more infectious Delta variant. Other southern states have reported record numbers of Covid-19 hospitalizations this months, stretching their ICU’s to full capacity.
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