Health care professional talks water safety after multiple near-drownings

A critical care manager provided advice on swimming and water safety after an increase in near-drownings in Starkville.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 6:56 PM
Updated: Jul 12, 2019 9:25 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Three people nearly drowned in Starkville in recent weeks.

All of the near-drownings happened since May 18, and all three were treated at the OCH Regional Medical Center.

OCH Regional Medical Center’s critical care manager Eddie Coats said that number is higher than normal for Starkville because the emergency room usually sees one to two cases like this a year.

Coats said the key to these near-drownings was when CPR was initiated on the three victims.

In the third near-drowning, Coats said CPR was delayed, and now the victim is in critical condition.

He encourages parents to watch kids in the water closely, give kids swimming lessons, child-proof swimming areas in the home and turn over kiddie pools and buckets to ensure no water is left unattended.

Coats said it only takes a couple of inches of water and 30 seconds for a child to drown.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 13260

Reported Deaths: 625
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds89324
Lauderdale67855
Madison65421
Scott58910
Neshoba51231
Forrest48034
Jones46713
DeSoto4616
Leake38410
Holmes36523
Rankin3496
Jackson29613
Copiah2784
Attala27014
Lincoln24320
Monroe24224
Leflore24025
Harrison2346
Newton2243
Lamar2194
Yazoo2152
Pearl River20327
Pike19611
Adams18615
Lowndes1607
Noxubee1586
Washington1535
Warren1506
Bolivar14010
Jasper1393
Oktibbeha13410
Smith13110
Covington1271
Chickasaw12612
Clarke12616
Kemper12510
Lafayette1233
Carroll11310
Wayne1090
Marion1088
Lee1045
Clay993
Winston981
Coahoma983
Lawrence901
Hancock8711
Simpson850
Itawamba857
Yalobusha824
Wilkinson829
Montgomery781
Sunflower773
Grenada752
Jefferson Davis712
Union715
Tippah7011
Marshall693
Panola622
Calhoun604
Tate591
Claiborne581
Humphreys537
Amite521
Walthall510
Tunica483
Perry462
Jefferson400
Prentiss383
Stone300
Choctaw292
Webster271
Pontotoc263
Franklin252
Tishomingo250
Quitman240
Tallahatchie241
George191
Alcorn151
Benton140
Greene71
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 14478

Reported Deaths: 551
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile1996109
Jefferson161488
Montgomery118630
Marshall6499
Tuscaloosa50512
Lee49832
Franklin4476
Shelby43319
Tallapoosa39662
Butler34411
Chambers33623
Madison2964
Baldwin2749
Elmore2637
Etowah23610
DeKalb2213
Coffee2001
Walker1981
Dallas1973
Sumter1916
Lowndes18610
Houston1644
Morgan1621
Autauga1593
Calhoun1413
Choctaw1414
Pike1360
Colbert1362
Marengo1336
Hale1293
Russell1280
Lauderdale1282
Randolph1257
Wilcox1187
Marion11310
Bullock1111
Barbour1101
Clarke1022
St. Clair1021
Pickens934
Talladega912
Greene894
Chilton871
Dale830
Cullman760
Limestone740
Jackson692
Covington651
Washington645
Winston620
Macon602
Bibb591
Crenshaw582
Henry562
Blount491
Escambia433
Lawrence420
Coosa331
Geneva330
Cherokee332
Perry310
Monroe282
Clay272
Conecuh251
Lamar200
Cleburne131
Fayette110
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 86°
Columbus
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 84°
Oxford
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 85°
Starkville
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 83°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather