Singing River Health System addresses hospitalization on the Coast
On Tuesday, Singing River Health System made an announcement on their Facebook of the hospitalization rate here on the Coast.
Chief Executive Officer Lee Bond says they test over 300 people per day and also mentioned that the United States has the highest per capita testing of any country in the world.
As for hospitalizations on the Coast, Bond explained Singing River Health System has 4 in the ICU and 8 in isolation in a med surge unit in Ocean Springs. In Pascagoula, there are 12 in the ICU and 8 in the med surge unit, with a total system wide of 32.
Bond says there’s been a lot of questions about the order of capacity. “Certainly it’s a concern if we continue the trend upward along the Coast. Right now, we are far away from that 10 percent capacity with 53 available rooms, we’ve got about 39 percent capacity. We never get at full capacity in the ICU. No hospital does. There are some places in Jackson, they have one ICU bed available period. It’s a way to put a trip wire in to where they ask hospitals to try to stay at that 10 percent capacity or they’ll have to cancel elective surgeries.”
Bond says if you’ve tested positive for coronavirus you should self-quarantine for 10 days and not have any symptoms for at least 24 hours in order to return to work.