Mississippi Closes Field Hospitals, Reports Baby COVID Death

September 9, 2021

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi is closing its only remaining field hospital for treating COVID-19 patients during the delta variant surge, but it is still relying on out-of-state workers to help increase ICU capacity in state hospitals.

A state health officials said Wednesday that the field hospital set up by Christian relief charity Samaritan’s Purse is in the process of decommissioning. A field hospital on the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus set up with health care workers from the federal government was decommissioned last month.

The official says Mississippi is seeing a small improvement in hospital bed availability, but ICU capacity continues to be “very scarce.”

The state had 1,660 people hospitalized for COVID-19 on Aug. 18, compared with 1,285 on Tuesday.


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