JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA-AP) - Health care systems across Mississippi are seeing a surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in people under 50, a shift from earlier in the pandemic when the virus was predominately affecting older adults.
What's new in this latest surge is that coronavirus cases are ripping through the staff and affecting those healthcare workers who are still able to stay on the job.
Dr. Alan Jones is Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He says the virus is "attacking the vulnerable and the vulnerable are the unvaccinated.”
Officials at Mississippi’s only level-one trauma center and teaching hospital said Wednesday that 90% of the new cases and hospitalizations they are seeing are among unvaccinated people.
University of Mississippi Medical Center Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Jonathan Wilson says there are only six available ICU beds in the entire state.
University of Mississippi Medical Center leaders said they've also had conversations about what may happen if the hospital in Jackson can no longer take patients because of the surge in coronavirus cases. They also said the hospital may have to limit visitors even more.