OCH Regional Medical Center CEO Jim Jackson weighed in Wednesday following comments made by Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs Tuesday.

Dobbs said the state was losing its battle with COVID-19, and that he expected a crisis by fall, with it being impossible to get a hospital bed or ventilator for reasons other than the novel coronavirus. Dobbs was also critical of communities throughout the state for not enforcing social distancing guidelines and of citizens for being lax about covering their faces in public.

“Our capacity to treat positive COVID patients is currently at 15 beds,” Jackson said. “Our daily average census for positive COVID patients fluctuates between eight and 12 per day. The average length of stay for one COVID patient is around 15 days, but that too will change due to the patient’s circumstances.”


For more on this story, read the Thursday, June 25 edition of the SDN. 

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