TUPELO, Miss (WTVA) - The number of Coronavirus cases in the hospitals and clinics continues to decline throughout north Mississippi health services.
Things are improving in the hospital for both patients and employees according to assistant chief medical officer Jeremy Blanchard.
He said there are three indicators that things are getting better in the hospital; how many patients they have, how many employees get sick, and how many people test positive.
"Our numbers have gone down dramatically," Blanchard said. "I think it reflects the prevalence of the virus has gone down dramatically."
He said safety precautions at the hospital are also improving. Employees use electronic monitoring systems to check their temperatures. The screening is done daily to make sure that all the employees are symptom-free before catering to patients.
While the hospital continues to follow CDC and MSDH guidelines, they are also working to educate people about the importance of getting vaccinated. They also want to make sure the vaccinations are accessible to everyone.
"We have two very effective vaccines and potentially another vaccine on the way," primary care physician Vernon Rayford said. "So I'm hopeful as time goes by vaccine access is going to get better."
In the months ahead, Blanchard said the hospital will stay vigilant by continuing to use safety precautions throughout their system.
"As we continue to vaccinate it will be well reflected," he said. "I do expect we will probably get a rise in Covid as we head to Easter, I don't think it will be to the level it's been. Although nobody has a crystal ball."