Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said the Covid-19 hospitalization numbers Tuesday were by far the largest number in the state since the first case was reported on March 11.
Reeves said 805 are hospitalized for Covid-19 and 254 additional hospitalizations are suspected Covid-19 positive and are waiting for their test results.
State Health Official Dr. Thomas Dobbs said there is increasing stress on the hospital system.
Dobbs said in the past five days, the total confirmed hospitalized patients in Mississippi has gone up by 119 cases. In the past five days, there has been 40 additional intensive care unit patients and 22 additional patients requiring ventilation.
“If we look at hospital capacity, today there are 10 ICUs in Mississippi that have zero beds available. It has become a real issue,” Dobbs said.
Dobbs added that 25 hospitals in Mississippi have less than 25% capacity.