Mississippi’s five largest hospitals are out of ICU beds

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Dr. Clay Hays, president of the Mississippi State Medical Association, sits before a chart showing the state's spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations during a news conference in the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. Hays was joined by other state health care leaders in discussing their concerns and recommendations to curb the community spread virus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By LEAH WILLINGHAM
Associated Press/ Report for America

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s five largest hospitals are reporting they have no ICU beds available amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

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Another four hospitals are reporting 5% or less availability.

Dr. Alan Jones of the University of Mississippi Medical Center says he was awakened by a 4 a.m. call this week because the hospital had no place to put patients.

On June 15, Mississippi was reporting 467 hospitalized coronavirus patients. Hospitals in the state now have 686 patients confirmed with the virus and 255 who are thought to have it.