COVID-19 hospitalizations, ICU beds on the rise in Mid-South

MID-SOUTH — Across the Mid-South, the new strain has proven to be deadly in some places and now it’s even putting children in the ICU.

“I just want them vaccinated so they stay alive that’s the simple thing for me, I just want people vaccinated so they stay alive,” said Dean Scott Strome, UTHSC College of Medicine Executive Dean.

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In Mississippi, state health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs tweeted that seven children are in the ICU with COVID, two of them are on life support.

FOX13 requested an interview with him about these hospitalizations, but his office said they couldn’t do one.

Dr. Strome said these cases could have been prevented.

“When I see that, I just see the tragedy of people who are not willing to get vaccinated and unfortunately it affects who can’t get vaccinated, it affects our children it’s the tragedy that doesn’t have to happen,” said Strome.

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In Tennessee, COVID-19 hospitalizations are up 43 percent since the July 4th holiday

On Independence Day, there were 195 positive cases with 39 people on ventilators.

As of July 12th, the state is reporting 280 cases with 49 people on life support.

Strome said there will likely be more surges among those who are unvaccinated.

But he said the concern isn’t just an increase in hospitalizations but the potential for another strain.

“Every time the virus passes through a different person, it’s going to mutate and you’re going to get new variants,” said Strome. “The quicker we can knock this thing out, the better chance we have of preventing them from being an endemic in our society .”

Initially, Dobbs said it was 10 children, not two, in Mississippi on ventilators but corrected that information in another tweet this evening with updated information from the hospitals.