Mississippi Gulf Coast Business Council holds regional emergency COVID meeting

Earlier today, local hospital leaders and state health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs spoke to Coast businesses via zoom about the current COVID spike in our area.

The guest speakers answered general questions about the delta variant, vaccines, and steps businesses and organizations should take to keep employees and customers safe.

Dr. Dobbs discussed his support of corporations that choose to issue mandatory vaccination mandates, along with recommending employees not be required to produce a negative COVID test before returning to work and instead allowing employees to come back if they are asymptomatic after 10 to 14 days of quarantining. Singing River Health System CEO Lee Bond said, “We have no beds. We have basically ICU-level care being given in the ER. It’s literally horrific. It is a war zone. It is the worst thing I have ever seen in my entire life.”

Dr. Dobbs said, “The vaccines are doing a phenomenal job saving lives. Our mortality rate in 65 and older have plummeted compared to where we were last year in the winter. And recently the mortality rate has been highest in the people 50 to 64 because they’re unvaccinated. No longer are old folks the leading group of deaths. It’s middle-aged folks.”

Currently, Memorial Hospital is reporting 92 hospitalized COVID patients, 19 of which are in the ICU. Singing River is reporting 122 hospitalizations with 33 patients in intensive care.

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