‘We are at negative bed capacity in the state of Mississipp’

The Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed a 10th pediatric death since the pandemic began.Health officials said Wednesday that none of the 10 pediatric patients who died had been vaccinated.Since COVID-19 wasdiagnosed in Mississippi in March 2020, the MSDH has reported: one death in an infant – under one year of age two deaths in the 1-5 year age range one death in the 6-10 year age range six deaths in the 11-17 year age range State epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers encouraged parents to discuss childhood vaccinations with their health care providers. “Currently, we only have 7% of the 5-11 age group fully vaccinated and 37% of the 12-17 age group fully vaccinated,” Byers said in a statement. “Vaccination is the best protection for our children who are eligible to receive it. For those under 5 years of age, it is critically important that everyone around the infant or child are vaccinated.” ‘We are at negative bed capacity in the state of Mississippi,’ according to state health officerBeyond vaccination and booster shots, protection efforts such as social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding large crowds continue to be recommended.Doctors and hospitals are continuing to see an excessive amount of pressure when it comes to taking patients in and having enough medications to treat symptoms.State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs released a video Wednesday confirming a shortage of treatment medications but saying they have plenty of room for testing.Pharmacies such as Brandon Discount are battling to service customers and keep cough drops and cough syrup on the shelves. However, securing COVID-19 treatment medications, such as an oral anti-viral medication, is a much tougher battle.”Getting it from our wholesalers has been an issue and at times not even an option to order it as an independent. There are clinics that are being set up with Saint Dominics and UMMC that are in the process to get to patients,” pharmacist Rivers Ewing said. Doctors and hospitals continue to be overwhelmed with high COVID-19 positive patients. The overwhelming majority of patients have the omicron variant, according to doctors.”The state of Mississippi were in the 400 doses a week range. How many cases have we had? 10’s of thousands per week three and maybe 400 of does of Sotrovamab. That doesn’t make a big impact,” Mississippi State Medical Doctor Mark Horne said.”We are at negative bed capacity in the state of Mississippi,” State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said. “As far as Sotrovimab, the effective antibody against omicron, we were allocated 480 doses and we will be distributing those this week. So far, we have about 150 doses on hand. We have gotten about 1,452 so far, so we only have 10% left of the total that has been allocated.” Currently, UMMC has 112 COVID-19 patients and Baptist has 110.

The Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed a 10th pediatric death since the pandemic began.

Health officials said Wednesday that none of the 10 pediatric patients who died had been vaccinated.

Since COVID-19 was diagnosed in Mississippi in March 2020, the MSDH has reported:

  • one death in an infant – under one year of age
  • two deaths in the 1-5 year age range
  • one death in the 6-10 year age range
  • six deaths in the 11-17 year age range

State epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers encouraged parents to discuss childhood vaccinations with their health care providers.

“Currently, we only have 7% of the 5-11 age group fully vaccinated and 37% of the 12-17 age group fully vaccinated,” Byers said in a statement. “Vaccination is the best protection for our children who are eligible to receive it. For those under 5 years of age, it is critically important that everyone around the infant or child are vaccinated.”

‘We are at negative bed capacity in the state of Mississippi,’ according to state health officer

Beyond vaccination and booster shots, protection efforts such as social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding large crowds continue to be recommended.

Doctors and hospitals are continuing to see an excessive amount of pressure when it comes to taking patients in and having enough medications to treat symptoms.

State Health Officer dr Thomas Dobbs released a video Wednesday confirming a shortage of treatment medications but saying they have plenty of room for testing.

Pharmacies such as Brandon Discount are battling to service customers and keep cough drops and cough syrup on the shelves. However, securing COVID-19 treatment medications, such as an oral anti-viral medication, is a much tougher battle.

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“Getting it from our wholesalers has been an issue and at times not even an option to order it as an independent. There are clinics that are being set up with Saint Dominics and UMMC that are in the process to get to patients,” pharmacist Rivers Ewing said.

Doctors and hospitals continue to be overwhelmed with high COVID-19 positive patients. The overwhelming majority of patients have the omicron variant, according to doctors.

“The state of Mississippi were in the 400 doses a week range. How many cases have we had? 10’s of thousands per week three and maybe 400 of does of sotrovamab. That doesn’t make a big impact,” Mississippi State Medical Doctor Mark Horne said.

“We are at negative bed capacity in the state of Mississippi,” State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said. “As far as Sotrovimab, the effective antibody against omicron, we were allocated 480 doses and we will be distributing those this week. So far, we have about 150 doses on hand. We have gotten about 1,452 so far, so we only have 10 % left of the total that has been allocated.”

Currently, UMMC has 112 COVID-19 patients and Baptist has 110.

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