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Mississippi hospitals at 'a breaking point' due to COVID-19

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I'M MELANIE CHRISTOPHER JADE: AND I'M JADE BULECZA IN FOR BYRON BROWN TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC – ANOTHER DAY WITH OVER 860 CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASES STATEWIDE

THIS BRINGS MISSISSIPPI NEARLY 38,000 TOTAL CASES SINCE MARCH MEL: GOVERNOR TATE REEVES SAYS WE'RE CURRENTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF A SPIKE RIGHT NOW AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES OUTSIDE OF SHEER VOLUME IN CASES – IS HAVING SPACE TO KEEP ALL OF THE PATIENTS MEL: AS THE COVID NUMBERS RISE, SO DO THE HOSPITALIZA TIONS DOCTORS SAY IT'S A WARNING WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF CHANGING OUR WAYS

JADE: 12 NEWS' KAYLA THOMPSON SPOKE TO A LOCAL DOCTOR ABOUT THE SITUATION SHE JOINS US IN STUDIO KAYLA? KAYLA: HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE AT AN ALL TIME HIGH AND NUMBERS KEEP TRENDING UP RIGHT NOW HOSPITALS JUST DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE, SPACE, OR EQUIPMENT TO TREAT EVERYONE DR THOMAS DOBBS–MSDH "as of today we have 10 icu's with zero beds available" OVERWHELMING OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEMTHIS IS SOMETHING HEALTH PROFESSIONALS HAVE WARNED ABOUT FOR MONTHS AND NOW MANY MISSISSIPPI HOSPITALS THIS IS A REALITY

DR THOMAS DOBBS –MSDH "17 percent of cases more or less will end up hospitalized so every time we add 500 new cases you can predict we're going to have another 85 hospitalizations associated with it" WITH MORE AND MORE COVID PATIENTS COMING INTO HOSPITALS

THE RE IS LESS ROOM FOR ELECTIVE SURGERIES TO BE DONE IF WE DON'T SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS SOONIT COULD BE A DEADLY SITUATION FOR MANY IN DIRE SITUATIONS SOT: – DR ALAN JONES, UMMC "we may not have a place to put a trauma patient, we may not have a place to put a sick heart attack patient or a stroke patients because we have all these other patients that are in the hospital and they need to be there, but they're there because people didnt' take the particular precautions that they were being asked to take from a public health perspective" DR JONES SAYS WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT ALTHOUGH WE WANT TO DO THINGS LIKE WE USED TO

IT'S JUST NOT TIME YET SOT: – DR ALAN JONES, UMMC "hospitals have a breaking point Just because you want to go to the beach and you want to go to disney world, and you want to have a barbecue, doesn't magically make the virus go away It's still there, it's still going to spread, still gonna make people sick, and we have to come to grips with that and try to adapt the best that we can to that reality" AND SEEING RISING NUMBER OF CASES AND HOSPITALIZATIONS HAS ONE GROUP CALLING FOR A STATEWIDE MASK MANDATE

DR CLAUDE BRUNSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MISSISSIPPI STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION "what we do know is if we can decrease community spread, if we can decrease the number of folks that are going into the hospital and need that hospital care, then we can take that burden off our system and care for mississipians who have emergencies other than covid" THE MAGEE GENERAL HOSPITAL HAS DECIDED TO STOP ALLOWING VISITORS TO PROTECT VULNERABLE PATIENTS INSIDE THEIR FACILITY

AND AS MORE HOSPITALS STAFF WORK TO COMBAT THE DEMAND THEIR FACED WITH EVERYDAYTHEY ARE ALL ASKING FOR US TO HELP OUT BY DOING THE SIMPLE THINGS TO SLOW THE SPREAD KAYLA: TO SEE THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS AND LEARN HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILYGO TO WJTV

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