Mississippi health officials predict shortages in hospital care amid ongoing pandemic

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — Across the state of Mississippi, ICU beds are in short supply as the COVID-19 pandemic reaches crisis levels.

This comes as Governor Tate Reeves extended a “Safe Recovery” Executive Order in 15 counties, including DeSoto County.

The state Department of Health said at this rate, hospitals will see a shortage in care for the critically ill and badly injured.

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The state reported 1,256 new cases Wednesday.

There are 123 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities, according to the Dept. of Health.

Only six ICU beds are available at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven.

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital has four ICU beds.

As of Wednesday, 17 more deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in the state.

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The state’s year-to-date number of cases is approaching 130,000.

The Dept. of Health is recommending everyone wear a face mask and practice social distancing.