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More federal COVID help on the way to Tupelo

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More federal COVID help on the way to Tupelo

Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) helping with surge of COVID-19 patients at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Source: NMMC

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Governor Tate Reeves said Sunday another federal COVID team is expected in Tupelo over the next seven days as North Mississippi Medical Center continues to deal with staffing issues during the delta surge.

"Every day we continue to fulfill our mission to supplement medical staffing at our hospitals," Reeves posted on Twitter. "A 23-person active-duty military COVID response team arrived yesterday in Jackson."

NMMC is already using a team of 33 health care professionals sent by the federal government as part of its medical system that responds to public health emergencies and disasters.

That group has been at the hospital for approximately one week and is only supposed to stay for 14 days.

It is not clear if the help the governor mentioned is to replace the existing team at NMMC or is in addition to the team that is there now.

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