Miss Jackson now fills the ground floor of the air-conditioned tent garage with beds, monitors and oxygen.
By Wednesday, treatment for corona virus patients at another Mississippi field hospital will begin in a few days at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus. This comes at a time when the growing Delta variant of Covid 19 has overtaken hospitals in a state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
The first emergency field hospital opened last week in collaboration with the federal government when hospital admissions began in Mississippi. It is headed by the Christian charity Charitable Samaritan Purse. The North Carolina-based relief organization arrived Sunday with more than 50 medical professionals to make tents with 32 more beds.
University of Mississippi Medical Center spokesman Mark Ralph was serious about bringing the incident to light.
“It’s unbelievable what are we doing again? 6 days? Shocking,” he said of the two field hospitals that have gone up.
Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs knows many of those affected will be young.
Unlike the first increase, Dobbs said, the wave is primarily affecting younger, unsafe people as classes resume. More children have been hospitalized than ever before, and one child between the ages of 11 and 17 died last week.
“Instead of women burying their parents, we are seeing women burying their children,” he said during a Tuesday afternoon visit. “It’s a sad and heartbreaking thing.”
More than 392,300 people have tested positive for the virus in the state of Mississippi since the onset of the epidemic. At least 7,880 people have been killed since then.
Dobbs likened Mississippi’s latest addition to a “tsunami” and said it had overwhelmed the state’s hospital system. On July 27, about 726 people were hospitalized with the corona virus. As of August 16, the number was 1,623.
The patients were waiting in the corridors and emergency rooms, they did not have beds and the staff did not take care of them immediately.
Dobbs said the virus situation in Mississippi is the worst ever, but even the most sophisticated field hospital will have a big impact, saying it will care for people who might not otherwise care. Can
State epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said Tuesday that approximately 20,000 Mississippi students are currently quarantined for the COVID-19 exhibition – 4.5 percent of the public school population. Registration statistics
The state called on the federal government for help, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deployed a team of three dozen doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists last week to establish the first emergency field hospital. The site serves 20 patients in another parking lot at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
The tactical wallet is known around the world for its medical missions, including in Liberia, West Africa, where it was at the forefront of the Ebola outbreak. It is also in Haiti, where aid is being provided after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the charity has established five other emergency hospitals in the areas of the world most affected by the virus, including Italy, New York City and Los Angeles County.
Edward Graham, vice president of programs and government relations at the Sumerian Press, said his physicians were using their training to fight the virus in Mississippi to fight Ebola and other emergencies.
“These hospitals were built for overseas use. We never thought we would do that,” he said. “But our neighbors in Mississippi called and asked, and we answered.”
Inflatable tents – negative pressure, to keep the virus inside – are anchored by cinder blocks in case of storms or high winds.
Five beds have so far been set up to treat intensive care patients with ventilators.
Outside the tents, the orange fence marks the entrance to the “hot zone”, where only the crew is wearing full PPE – two pairs of gloves, protective gowns, goggles, hair nets, rubber boots, face veils – go can. Staff should be washed with bleach water before entering the “clean zone”.
Briefing reporters on Tuesday, the head of the medical center, Lou Ann Woodward, offers new suggestions for vaccinating people, given that the healthcare workforce is depleted and in shock. Only 34% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.
Woodward said that while the tactical wallet was responding to a natural disaster in Haiti, the situation in Mississippi was “a disaster for our own creation.”
“We as a state, collectively, have failed to respond to a common threat in a unified manner. We have failed to use the tools we have to protect ourselves,” he said.