Governor Reeves says hospital system is under stress
Governor Reeves today continuing to raise the alarm of the serious threat of COVID-19. Reeves continues to stress that our hospital system is ‘stretched to the point of pain.’
Governor Reeves said hospitalizations in our state have gone from approximately 490 patients in hospital beds across Mississippi to approximately 1,000.
He says July 1st we had 602 confirmed patients in hospital beds with COVID and today we’re reporting 942, a 55 percent increase in the month of July.
Something State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says is an ongoing issue in our state. “We are also seeing significant ICU capacity strains. We have 293 COVID patients in our intensive care. Forty percent of all intensive care patients are coronavirus. That’s absolutely astounding. Just a week or so ago, it was 30 percent. I don’t know how far we can go until we’re absolutely going to be outside of standards of care and going into crisis care because we just can’t take care of the burden.”
Dr. Dobbs also says the state had nine hospitals with no ICU beds and that the state’s four largest medical centers in the Jackson Metro Area had only one bed available.