Mississippi COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new record high as ICU beds almost gone

Published 9:47 pm Thursday, January 7, 2021

Mississippi reported a new record high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in state hospitals.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported that through Tuesday 1,433 confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus patients were hospitalized with another 62 patients hospitalized with suspected COVID-19 that had not been confirmed by test.

In the same period, the state reported that 94 percent of all Mississippi ICU beds were occupied leaving only 53 beds available across the state, another record low.

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More than 4 out of 10 ICU beds in use are filled with COVID-19 patients, the state reported.

Mississippi reported a record-high number of new COVID-19 cases Thursday with 3,255 new cases.

Dobbs did not say how many Mississippians were hospitalized Saturday. The last public report showed 1.242 patients on Thursday, before the additional 204 cases.

The record high for confirmed COVID-19 patients in Mississippi hospitals was just more than 1,500 set in January.