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Impacts of the coronavirus on health care workers at Baptist Memorial Hospital

Emergency Room Nurse Manager, Sandy Holman, gives us a look into what the coronavirus has done to healthcare workers at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle.

Posted: Jan 13, 2021 7:00 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2021 9:06 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The pandemic continues to impact the lives of many, but especially affects those in the medical profession.

The emergency room nurse manager at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle, Sandy Holman, tells explains what it is like to be behind the hospital doors. 

“When it first started, everybody was like, ‘Oh, it’s just another flu. This is how it’s going to be,'" said Holman, "but as we learned more about the disease, learned more about the virus, we realized that this was not the same.”

Holman has worked at Baptist for 17 years but this pandemic has brought a new meaning to the medical profession for her.

“We want to fix everybody and sometimes we’re not able to," she said. "That’s hard because we are pouring our hearts into this to try to help every single individual that’s struggling from this and we haven’t been able to do that.”

On Tuesday alone, Mississippi saw 98 deaths from the virus. Two of those were in Lowndes County.

However, Holman has hope for her patients as health care workers at Baptist started giving out the first round of the vaccine to the public.

“We know that that’s the only way to battle this," she explained, "Give people that immunity so that if they do contract the virus then their body is already ready to start fighting that.”

Holman said at first, she and her coworkers were skeptical of the vaccines because of how fast companies produced it but they quickly changed their opinions.

“Once it got here, after we had lived the life of taking care of these patients and just being so exhausted and you know seeing so many patients that didn’t do well, we realized that hey this is what’s best for our patients. It’s what’s best for our community," said the health care worker.

Governor Tate Reeves announced on Tuesday that citizens 65 and older can now get the vaccine.

Holman hopes this wider range of vaccinated patients will decrease the number of people in their ICU department.

“We want to make sure that we have ICU bed and bed availability for things other than just COVID because we know life doesn’t stop," she said. "People continue to have wrecks. People continue to have heart attacks and people continue to need surgeries.”

Baptist was able to give around 220 vaccines to the public on Tuesday and will continue to administer the vaccines on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 259117

Reported Deaths: 5668
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto17331186
Hinds16373328
Harrison13731199
Rankin10854217
Jackson10557187
Lee8922141
Madison8335166
Jones6483112
Forrest6038120
Lauderdale5965187
Lowndes5425118
Lafayette503193
Lamar490865
Washington4826124
Bolivar4024109
Oktibbeha397681
Panola374680
Pontotoc369855
Monroe3591105
Warren3569100
Union348063
Marshall347769
Neshoba3413152
Pearl River3329103
Leflore3059107
Lincoln299386
Sunflower288271
Hancock282559
Tate274362
Alcorn267454
Itawamba265260
Pike264679
Scott250847
Prentiss248252
Yazoo247356
Tippah244450
Copiah243949
Coahoma242254
Simpson238368
Leake232966
Grenada220671
Covington215072
Marion215073
Adams207870
Wayne203232
Winston202667
George201939
Newton195044
Attala194659
Tishomingo191661
Chickasaw185744
Jasper174438
Holmes169168
Clay161335
Tallahatchie148235
Stone145921
Clarke141762
Calhoun137621
Smith122725
Yalobusha119134
Walthall112836
Noxubee111423
Greene111029
Montgomery110136
Carroll105321
Lawrence103217
Perry102831
Amite98826
Webster93924
Tunica87421
Claiborne86625
Jefferson Davis85827
Benton83323
Humphreys83324
Kemper78420
Quitman6969
Franklin67115
Choctaw61213
Wilkinson58825
Jefferson55419
Sharkey44017
Issaquena1596
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 429655

Reported Deaths: 6283
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson63040956
Mobile30794557
Madison27486201
Tuscaloosa20996268
Montgomery19352315
Shelby18833120
Baldwin16653184
Lee12749102
Morgan12389119
Etowah11861176
Calhoun11292201
Marshall10290113
Houston8746156
Limestone813276
Cullman8125106
Elmore7999104
DeKalb776599
Lauderdale768698
St. Clair7651121
Talladega6309108
Walker5954174
Jackson586341
Colbert539873
Blount537683
Autauga525755
Coffee450456
Dale402981
Franklin369948
Russell340711
Chilton338966
Covington332668
Escambia326043
Dallas308896
Chambers293170
Clarke287833
Tallapoosa2641107
Pike255230
Marion248953
Lawrence246649
Winston229535
Bibb218847
Geneva205446
Marengo202829
Pickens197531
Hale179542
Barbour176036
Fayette172928
Butler170858
Cherokee161930
Henry156523
Monroe149818
Randolph142135
Washington139126
Clay127645
Crenshaw121544
Cleburne119023
Lamar119021
Macon118637
Lowndes112036
Wilcox105121
Bullock101128
Perry99019
Conecuh95720
Sumter89626
Greene76623
Coosa61015
Choctaw51624
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