Seven Mississippi hospitals reach ICU capacity

Coronavirus

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – According to State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, seven hospitals in Mississippi have not ICU beds available for patients due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

More than 1,500 cases were reported in the state on Wednesday, July 22. Those cases could likely contribute to hundreds of hospitalizations in the coming weeks.

In the Jackson and West Central area, only two ICU beds out of 272 are available. Hospitalizations are spiking, which could push the healthcare system from Standard Practice of Care to Crisis Care.

Forty percent of patients in the ICU have COVID-19, which is up from 30% one week ago. Dr. Dobbs warned with Texas, Louisiana and Florida grabbing the bulk of resources, the Crisis Care hard decisions will be made. That includes determining who lives and dies.

While Governor Tate Reeves said he doesn’t want to shut anything down, he may be forced to do so, if cases spiral.

State leaders once again encouraged Mississippians to social distance and wear a face covering.

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