By LEAH WILLINGHAM, Associated Press/Report for America
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s solely Level 1 trauma heart is setting up a second emergency discipline hospital in a parking storage that can deal with a number of the sickest COVID-19 sufferers because the virus continues to ravage the state.
Samaritan’s Purse will set up the mobile intensive care unit with a group of medical workers in a storage close by Children’s of Mississippi, the state’s solely pediatric hospital. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Christian reduction charity has set up 5 different emergency hospitals in areas of the world laborious hit by the virus, like New York City and Los Angeles County.
“The COVID-19 scenario is worsening in our state,” Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for well being affairs on the University of Mississippi Medical Center, stated in an announcement. Woodward can be dean of the School of Medicine.
Mississippi, one in all least vaccinated states within the nation, has seen numbers of new coronavirus double up to now two weeks, surpassing information for hospitalizations all earlier surges of the virus because the begin of the pandemic.
The state had a mean of 1,475 new coronavirus circumstances per day on July 31 and about 3,285 new circumstances per day on Aug. 14, in keeping with knowledge from Johns Hopkins University analyzed by The Associated Press.
State officers say they’ve seen extra youngsters hospitalized with coronavirus than ever earlier than. As of Friday, 18 youngsters have been hospitalized with coronavirus in Mississippi, in keeping with knowledge reported by hospitals to the state Department of Health. On Sunday, 5 youngsters have been in an intensive care unit, with 4 on ventilators.
Department of Health spokesperson Liz Sharlot stated Monday that well being officers heard this week concerning the dying of a kid between the ages of 11 and 17 of coronavirus within the state. A complete of 5 youngsters have died of coronavirus because the begin of the pandemic.
After going through a scarcity of beds and workers wanted to deal with sufferers, the University of Mississippi Medical Center set up one emergency discipline hospital in a special parking storage on its campus final week, with the assistance of the federal authorities.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deployed a group of three dozen physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists.
Woodward stated transport vehicles arrived on the medical heart Sunday afternoon to start setting up the Samaritan’s Purse discipline hospital, which is anticipated to be prepared for sufferers by midweek.
In the approaching days, an extra tent might be set up the place people who find themselves constructive for COVID-19 can obtain monoclonal antibody remedy, Woodward stated.
Leah Willingham is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit nationwide service program that locations journalists in native newsrooms to report on undercovered points.
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