80% of Mississippi’s ICUs are full as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said there’s been a spike in COVID-19 cases in Mississippi. According to Dobbs, the spike reflects increased transmission in the community, not delayed reported.

Mississippi Today’s Erica Hensley reported six hospitals in the state have no ICU beds and increased COVID-like illness. At this time, ICUs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Baptist Medical Center are full, as well as Baptist in Desoto County and Delta Regional at Greenville.

Overall, ICUs in the state are 80% full, and the baseline is 66%.

Hospitalizations and Bed Availability

Dr. Dobbs announced on Twitter that free masks with face shields will be available at county health department testing sites, starting Wednesday, October 14. The items will be available for those over 64 or with chronic medical conditions.

Dr. Dobbs also announced rapid testing would be available at several locations, starting this week. Click here for COVID-19 drive-thru testing locations.


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