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Mississippi Dangerously Close to Running Out of ICU Beds

A spike in the COVID-19   Delta  variant  has  caused  a  shortage  of  Intensive Care Unit beds in Mississippi  where health officials warn of a rise in deaths in the coming weeks.

Mississippi Department of Health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said that medical resources were under strain as the  highly contagious variant of the disease spreads through the state.

We’re going to have a rough few weeks,” Dobbs told a media briefing on Tuesday, “Delta is hitting us very stronglyWe anticipate that we are going to continue to put additional pressure on the healthcare system,” the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported.

In the month between June 13 and July 11around nine out of 10 hospitalizations and deaths in Mississippi had been among unvaccinated peoplethe publication reportedwhile state officials remain worried at the spike in  transmissions.

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A child has his nasal cavity swabbed to test for Covid-19.
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Dr. Alan Jonesassociate vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jacksontold ABC News on Wednesday there had been “Significant increase” in child patientswho displayed more symptoms than those diagnosed earlier in the pandemic.

He said that there were now 13 hospitals in the state which had no ICU beds available, while there was only around a tenth of ICU beds were available in other hospitals.

MSDH logoFor more information on Covid-19 and the Delta Variant visit the Mississippi Department of Health website here.


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