JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Doctors from across Mississippi met at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) to discuss concerns about the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
State hospitals are running out of bed, rooms, and resources to help in need. Doctors at UMMC say what we’re doing now, isn’t working.
“The diagnosis is that our state is sick, and what were doing now isn’t working, and so we’re going to have to change our form of therapy and for us to have a good prognosis were going to need your help,” said Mississippi State Medicine Association Clay Hays.
Health officials reiterated that the virus is not a joke, and people should not take it lightly.
“Not only is it here, but its going to get worse. Yesterday 5 of biggest hospitals in the state had 0 ICU beds, 0. An additional 4 had 5% or less and an additions 3 had less than 10%,” said Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
Dr. LouAnn Woodward with UMMC said the state started off with grave caution in regard to the virus. But as the state reopened, people are no longer using caution.
According to doctors, the state is seeing the largest surge of patients right now. Mississippi is also the fifth highest state in the country for coronavirus numbers.
Hospitals in Jackson are low on resources and running out of rooms and beds to treat patients. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said several hospitals are down to zero intensive care beds.
Those who need basic care and surgeries have been moved or rescheduled. Doctors said if the numbers continue to surge, they won’t be able to help people.
“When we were first dealing with the pandemic we saw a lot of widespread caution and concern. As we have eased up and as we have opened up, we are seeing much more rapid spread of the virus across our state.”
Doctors say that wearing a mask is just one piece of the puzzle.
“Use these masks. while they may not afford you 100% protection, if we wear them, we can slow the spread of the virus. The mask is also a symbol of me to you that I respect you, I respect your health,” said President of Mississippi Academy of Physicians Dr. Bill Grantham
In numbers, Mississippi now ranks fifth highest in the country for coronavirus.