TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — The president of North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo revealed Tuesday how much stress the hospital is under as Mississippi sees a surge in coronavirus cases.
David Wilson said the hospital's emergency department in recent days "has housed as many as 30 patients for up to 20 hours because no inpatient beds were available in Tupelo."
"These are a mix of patients," added Wilson in his five-paragraph statement. "Some are critically ill with COVID-19. Others have life-threatening illnesses."
According to the hospital president, NMMC is limiting surgeries and determining "which items to continue or to discontinue to ensure we have the staffing and resources to care for this influx of patients."
Wilson's statement echoes the concern expressed for weeks by state health leaders that Mississippi's hospitals are feeling the strain because of rising numbers of coronavirus cases.