JACKSON, miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s top public health official said Monday that as COVID-19 cases continue to rise with the highly contagious delta variant, there were no intensive care beds available at 35 of the nation’s top-tier hospitals. condition.
Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state health official, also said that more than 200 people were waiting in hospital emergency rooms to be admitted, and that the problem will get worse in the coming days. Waiting times affect not only people with COVID-19, but also those with other conditions.
The state Department of Health said Monday that more than 6,900 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Mississippi from Friday to Sunday.
“Keep in mind that this will translate to around 500 new hospitalizations in the next few days,” Dobbs wrote in
He said intensive care units were full at level 1, 2 and 3 hospitals in the state’s acute care systems. These include the University of Mississippi Medical Center at Jackson; The North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo; Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg; Memorial Hospital in Gulfport and Singing River Health System in Pascagoula.
Lee Bond, executive director of Singing River Health System, said in a statement Thursday that Mississippi is experiencing a “hellish wave” of COVID-19 cases that are depleting hospital resources and causing extreme stress to healthcare workers. .
“Our situation is indescribable as we witness the best and worst of people,” Bond wrote. “Some of us will always have the traumatic images of human suffering etched in our minds as we fight to save lives together.”
Mississippi has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the country. As of Friday, the state Health Department said 35% of Mississippi residents were fully vaccinated, compared to 50% nationally.
“Recently it was said nationally that the Delta variant was turning into an ‘unvaccinated pandemic,'” said the Republican governor. Tate Reeves wrote on Twitter Monday. “The latest data from Mississippi suggests the same thing. Talk to your doctor. Assess the risk. Do the right thing for yourself. Do the right thing for your family.”
Mississippi schools have started classes in recent weeks, some with masks mandates and some without.
The state has confirmed more than 365,000 COVID-19 cases and around 7,650 coronavirus-related deaths since the pandemic began in spring 2020.