As COVID Surges, Mississippi Sets up Second Field Hospital | Mississippi News

By LEAH WILLINGHAM, Associated Press/Report for America

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s solely Level 1 trauma middle is setting up a second emergency subject hospital in a parking storage that can deal with a number of the sickest COVID-19 sufferers because the virus continues to ravage the state.

Samaritan’s Purse will set up the cell intensive care unit with a crew of medical employees in a storage close by Children’s of Mississippi, the state’s solely pediatric hospital. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Christian reduction charity has set up 5 different emergency hospitals in areas of the world laborious hit by the virus, like New York City and Los Angeles County.

“The COVID-19 situation is worsening in our state,” Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for well being affairs on the University of Mississippi Medical Center, stated in a press release. Woodward can also be dean of the School of Medicine.

Mississippi, one among least vaccinated states within the nation, has seen numbers of latest coronavirus double up to now two weeks, surpassing data for hospitalizations all earlier surges of the virus for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

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The state had a mean of 1,475 new coronavirus circumstances per day on July 31 and about 3,285 new circumstances per day on Aug. 14, in line with information from Johns Hopkins University analyzed by The Associated Press.

State officers say they’ve seen extra youngsters hospitalized with coronavirus than ever earlier than. As of Friday, 18 youngsters have been hospitalized with coronavirus in Mississippi, in line with information reported by hospitals to the state Department of Health. On Sunday, 5 youngsters have been in an intensive care unit, with 4 on ventilators.

Department of Health spokesperson Liz Sharlot stated Monday that well being officers heard this week in regards to the loss of life of a kid between the ages of 11 and 17 of coronavirus within the state. A complete of 5 youngsters have died of coronavirus for the reason that begin of the pandemic.

After dealing with a scarcity of beds and employees wanted to deal with sufferers, the University of Mississippi Medical Center set up one emergency subject hospital in a distinct parking storage on its campus final week, with the assistance of the federal authorities.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deployed a crew of three dozen physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists.

Woodward stated transport vehicles arrived on the medical middle Sunday afternoon to start setting up the Samaritan’s Purse subject hospital, which is predicted to be prepared for sufferers by midweek.

In the approaching days, a further tent will probably be set up the place people who find themselves optimistic for COVID-19 can obtain monoclonal antibody remedy, Woodward stated.

Leah Willingham is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit nationwide service program that locations journalists in native newsrooms to report on undercovered points.

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