Mississippi is nearly out of ICU beds. Here’s where we stand on the Coast.
Mississippi is out of Intensive Care Unit beds due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, according to State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, who says hospitals are nearly full.
As a result, all elective procedures are being delayed until at least December 23.
In the last two weeks, Mississippi has seen 25,000 new coronavirus cases.
“The thing that’s additionally concerning right now is we’re not at our peak. We’re rapidly ascending to a peak that no one knows what it’s going to be. So, we’re way higher in our daily cases now. And our hospitalizations are going up at a rate that is absolutely terrifying,” Dobbs says.
Dr. LouAnn Woodward with the University of Mississippi Medical Center said over the weekend, “What I fear that people do not understand however is that the resources are finite. They are finite. There gets to a point when we have to say we don’t have another place to put another patient safely. We can’t do it.”
One health care clinic in Canton, Mississippi is bringing in four mobile isolation units to help them deal with the surge in COVID-19 cases.
WXXV reached out to Singing River Hospital about the ICU bed shortage on the Gulf Coast.
Lee Bond, CEO of Singing River Health System says the issue is critical and out of all their facilities along the Gulf Coast in Gulfport, Ocean Springs and Pascagoula — only 6 beds are available.
On Sunday, WXXV spoke with Lee Bond, the CEO of Singing River Health System.
“The way I would characterize it is, as a state, as a whole, I don’t think when he said there’s no beds, it means like ‘there’s literally zero.’ For example, we’ve got 58 total ICU beds and out of those, we only have probably about six that are open right now,” Bond says.
“And so, I wouldn’t say we have about zero but generally I think state has no bed availability, real bed availability, that’s material. I think that’s what he’s trying to say and that’s why they implement those measures. It’s about as close to zero as you can get.”
Bond says if Singing River were to reach a situation where there are zero ICU beds available, partners from Mobile and New Orleans would assist.