Monday, July 13, 2020

UMMC is Full

UMMC CAO Dr. Jonathon Wilson issued the following statement to all UMMC employees on July 10.

If you’ve not already had the opportunity to watch the press conference we hosted yesterday that included the heads of many of the state’s leading physician groups, I encourage you to do so. It was an impressive “show of force” of Mississippi’s medical community expressing its grave concerns about the continued spread of COVID-19 and the current and projected strain the virus could have on hospital room availability, staffing and resources.


Not only did the health care leaders implore their fellow Mississippians to wear masks, avoid gatherings and wash hands frequently, but Dr. Thomas Dobbs, state health officer with the Mississippi State Department of Health, expressed his frustration that many Mississippians have chosen not to participate in these safety measures. “There was this mythical theory in people’s minds - that was never expressed - that we’re going to shut it down for three weeks and then everything’s going to be normal,” he said. “We sacrificed a lot in those three weeks, and then we’ve given it all back and then some.”

So, here we are. This pandemic that has wreaked havoc across the globe has now created a dire situation in our own backyard. As of today, every single hospital in Jackson is unable to accept transfer patients. There’s just no more hospital beds or ICUs available. The vacancy sign is officially turned off.

Let that sink in.

A short while ago, Gov. Tate Reeves announced a new Executive Order aimed at restricting activities and instituting requirements aimed at lessening the growing community spread of the virus, including mandating mask usage in certain areas of Mississippi counties identified as having high instances of spread. UMMC’s home county, Hinds, and those surrounding it, Madison and Rankin, are included in this order.

With all of this said, my primary goal in sending a memo today is to make you aware that some parts of the governor’s Executive Order, which we are still reviewing and evaluating, may necessitate UMMC-specific actions to adhere to the order in UMMC facilities.

Obviously, any type of community-specific mask mandate does not affect us since we require masks at all times anyway, but the limits placed on the number of people that can gather at the same time either indoor or outdoor will require us to make some changes.

Leaders from each of the Medical Center’s mission areas are already discussing what would be necessary to comply with the Executive Order’s restrictions. Some examples of areas where new restrictions may need to be in place include UMMC dining areas, staff break rooms, clinical learning environments and UMMC-sponsored events.


No official changes have yet been made on our campus, but I want to give you a “heads up” that we may have to roll back to some of the safety measures we have previously taken.

I would like to again share with you the ways you can do your part to curb the spread of COVID-19 that I mentioned in Wednesday’s memo:

WEAR YOUR MASK – at work and everywhere you go in public.
Frequently wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
Social distance whenever possible.
Encourage your family and friends to do the three items listed above.
If you are sick, don’t come to work. If your symptoms are in any way related to those indicative of COVID-19, including fever, feeling feverish, chills, sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or loss of taste/smell, call the hotline at (601) 496-6284.
Support your fellow UMMC employees, especially those on the front lines working daily with patients and families. I can’t say enough how appreciative and proud I am of our care providers and those working with them in areas where COVID-19 patients are present. We all owe those health care heroes our gratitude and unwavering assistance.

Thank you.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19 INFECTION, INCLUDING FEVER (OR FEELING FEVERISH OR CHILLS OR SWEATS), COUGH, SORE THROAT, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, LOSS OF TASTE/SMELL OR OTHER SYMPTOMS, CALL THE EMPLOYEE/STUDENT HOTLINE AT (601) 496-6284.

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56 comments:

Anonymous said...

Before the " you-gotta-die-of-somthing" people get going, please understand that it is YOU who have brought about this medical crisis.
And, it is YOU who will be responsible if your family member or friend dies because there isn't an ICU available.

Anonymous said...

You gotta die of something.

Anonymous said...

According to MSDOH data, the following are your chances of being hospitalized it you contract the virus: 30-39 (3.6%); 40-49 (7.3%) 50-59 (11.4%) 60-69 (19.6%); 70-79 (28.6%). I do not like the odds for any of those age groups. I will follow the recommendations of the DOH and do my best not to become infected- or infect others.

Anonymous said...

The state grieves with Tate reeves

Anonymous said...

It is CHINA that brought on this crisis and CHINA that is responsible.

Anonymous said...

@8:08
I didn't create the virus. And like all things in heaven and earth this is God's will. No plans or mechanism that man can devise will stand against the Will of God. That includes his plagues as well as his blessings.

Anonymous said...

to 8:08.............they also had a little help from the chinese communist party that runs china, and suppressed as best they could, the outbreak of this virus. that's why the waterheads in this country think china is some sort of little utopian paradise. just in case you don't understand how it works over there, any bad news there is censored by the communist party.

Anonymous said...

8:35 You also did not create measles, mumps, rubella, polio, smallpox, or any other number of infectious diseases that have ravaged humans in the past. What is different is we now have vaccines and treatments for those diseases. The same thing is likely to happen with COVID-19. If we can do simple things like maintain social distancing, going out when necessary, and wearing a mask in public we can hold the number of infections down until a treatment and/or vaccine is available.

Then you've got the secondary problem with an overwhelmed hospital system and the resulting increase in mortality because treatments are not available for those who are sick from COVID or from other things.

If you deliberately aren't doing anything to help suppress the spread of the disease then you are indeed contributing to the suffering and deaths of your fellow humans. Doesn't sound very Christian to me.

Anonymous said...

Where’s the asshole who commented: “show me a hospital in Jackson that’s overwhelmed” — like 4 days ago?

I double-dare to raise your dumb hand.

Anonymous said...

@8:08. I agree with " you-gotta-die-of-somthing" people get going", and may I add that we will ALL die of something Covid, or believe it or not, something else. Your fear is palpable. I nor anyone else on this site brought on anything, it is nature run amuck. Please remember while some are dying of your beloved Covid there are many other reasons people die. I'm sure that not all of the beds are solely occupied by the Covid menace. Have a nice day and y'all come back.

Anonymous said...

MS is the sickest state, so not sure why anyone is surprised. The majority of the state is overweight, like actual overweight, which threshold is much lower than most think because they see all the morbidly obese people wallowing around. This puts you at risk in the best of times, so when a particularly aggressive virus comes around, you are in the crosshairs.

Anonymous said...

All non-emergency procedures are now prohibited statewide. Good job guys, now we can see the Mississippi death rate go even higher as postponed surgeries lead to greater problems down the road. I know, I was potentially there because my colonoscopy scheduled because of a positive COLOGUARD test had to be postponed by six weeks.

The seven-day COVID death rate is going to at least double over the next week as deaths have spiked incredibly since July 5.

The governor is going to have no choice but to ban gatherings and shut down public spaces where the virus is spreading. Hopefully he will also ban school sports and college fraternities/sororities for at least the first semester too.

We are heading for a crisis and it would be a massive failure in leadership to continue with the unrestricted reopening until we start to see people dying in the hallways like we saw in New York and Italy.

Anonymous said...

Guess the Oxycodone crisis has been put on the back burner for a while....

Anonymous said...

... please understand that it is YOU who have brought about this medical crisis.

What's funny, hilarious really, is you keep posting that garbage here expecting to be taken seriously.

Anonymous said...

I finally read on WLBT yesterday, I believe, that The number of tests done in the state totals 347,152 as of July 10. This includes MSDH Public Health Laboratory tests and other providers. This is, to me, a rather low number of tests statewide and is only 12% of the population tested. The MSDH site has also stated that a person tested then retested counts as 1 test.

It appears that most people do survive regardless of treatment at home or in the hospital with the possible exception of intubated patients. I also wonder how many of these Covid patients are hospitalized versus being treated at home. If IV hydration is an issue or specific IV medications I can understand, but that may need to be reviewed. If only for isolation of the 14 day quarantine period, then create a separate area. Even CPAP can be done at home if we have adequate units.

Anonymous said...

Pharaoh laughed too.

Anonymous said...

While the deniers argue about too many tests, false positives, and miscoded hospital visits, THIS has always been the reality. It doesn't take a huge number of hospitalizations to overwhelm the hospitals in Mississippi.

And now, death rates, ventilator numbers, hydroxychloriquine, remdesivir, injecting bleach, etc. None of that matters because it may not be COVID that kills you. It may be a car wreck or a heart attack, but with a full hospital, where are you going to go?


Anonymous said...

I guess having the Mississippi running by us equates us to the Pharaoh. Ok, I'll buy that. You funny scared people.

Anonymous said...

The article said there are no hospital beds available. That’s not true.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's time to kill the CON.

Anonymous said...

An underreported aspect of this is that testing numbers are completely worthless because of delays in results. Maybe the UMMC labs are being run competently but the private labs are not functioning. I had a test 10 days ago and I am still waiting for results. The results are now functionally worthless both to me and as a data point for public health. If I am positive, that is now 10 days where my information was not reflected in the case counts. How many people are in the same boat?

Anonymous said...

People needing medical surgeries (some not very "elective" even though the government may say they're not required) aren't going to get them now because of these morons who just have to eat out now and go shopping. Not to mention the 18-12 crowd who was just seen hanging out at a local car wash with about 40-50 in attendance. And now some state agencies are allowing work from home again. The July 1 "everyone come back to work order" didn't work out so well.

Anonymous said...


Then call the hospital like I just did at UMMC and Baptist. They were able to confirm.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article said there are no hospital beds available. That’s not true.

July 13, 2020 at 9:47 AM

Anonymous said...

I had the free drive through test at the farmers market in Jackson (woodrow wilson) two weeks ago and got my results in 2 days. Not only did they call me, they left several messages to call them back for the results. The call came from a UMMC number. Test was negative. My experience with the process was quick and professional!

Anonymous said...

UMMC is full

No they aren't. Why are they lying? The more they lie the more they make me question all of their official narratives. It is not hard to prove they are lying. Of course this time they have told their staff to refrain from making Tik Tok dance videos so the illusion isn't revealed.

Anonymous said...

Oh not that long ago we had all those people going to the capital and demanding we reopen our economy. Then a lot of those same people go out and rebel against the mask policies and social distancing. Tyranny they said. You reap what you sew Mississippi. Guess you didn't take in to account how vulnerable you are as a state. You have very limited resources which means a thin margin for error, and you were very wrong. Good luck fighting the Civil War and the Covid War. Just wish my parents would have gotten out sooner.

Anonymous said...

"As of today, every single hospital in Jackson is unable to accept transfer patients. There’s just no more hospital beds or ICUs available. The vacancy sign is officially turned off."

This is 100% fabricated. Those who actually work in the hospitals know what the occupancy and beds are available.

Anonymous said...

9:47 There are probably no beds available to treat COVID-19 patients. You just can't stick them in the same areas as other patients, you need a separate area with controlled airflow and dedicated staff. They could probably repurpose some existing areas for COVID use but that would take time and additional staffing.

Anonymous said...

Hey thumper. "Pharaoh laughed too." “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go.’ ” As a god in human form Ramses was not accustomed to taking orders from lesser gods, let alone an unknown like Yahweh. “Who is the Lord,” he inquired, “that I should heed his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and moreover I will not let Israel go.” I believe he reneged versus laughed, but who's splitting hairs.

Anonymous said...

Curious to the percentage of hospitalize that were obese and had diabetes. Americans are fat and I believe that is a major influence on the numbers.

Anonymous said...

Why aren't you people staying at home? Why do you demand others take care of you so you do not catch the virus? Do something for yourself. If you are afraid of catching the virus STAY AT HOME.
It is that simple. Don't cry, piss, and whine about other people not wearing masks. They are not responsible for you. You should be responsible enough to do what is needed to keep you healthy.

Quit crying and stay at home. You will not have any more worries about the virus. It is up to you to protect yourself. It is not our job.

Anonymous said...

Fortunately, I see a thread of commonality with all these posts. In all of them, no one appears to be hungry or is complaining about food and necessity shortages. Unfortunately, I don’t see anyone paying any attention about how many hits the US economy can take before the virus becomes secondary to a collapsed economy and a useless currency. I fear one day we will look back and masks and hospital beds will seem a first world problem for our new reality.

Anonymous said...

11:46 Because situations like this will happen even if those who are concerned about being at risk stay home. The hospitals are full. If anyone has a heart attack, stroke, car accident, etc. they are going to potentially have to wait for needed treatment because covidiots have now overwhelmed the hospitals.

A functioning society required everyone to participate and not just demand everything for themselves. Fully half of all adult Mississippians have underlying conditions that make COVID more risky. Expecting society to do simple things to allow the greatest, safe participation by everybody is good for the citizens and is good for the economy too.

Besides, I seem to recall almost half of the victims who have died were in nursing homes. They didn't go out and catch the virus, the virus was brought to them. Staying in did them absolutely no good after selfish, irresponsible people did nothing to help control the epidemic.

Anonymous said...

Tater and Dr. Dobbs have discovered how the avoid becoming infected. Just keep your head inserted up one's arse, as they have totally blown implementing Covid-care measures (pop-up Covid only "hospitals") during the time between the surges.

Anonymous said...

So where's the vaccine to H1N1? The Obama administration simply quit counting cases and deaths for that goat rodeo.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't we be more focused on the percent of tests that are positive?

If 50% of the tests are positive, we're about to get through to the other side,

If 1% of test are positive, we are a long way away.

Anonymous said...

"Why aren't you people staying at home? Why do you demand others take care of you so you do not catch the virus? Do something for yourself. If you are afraid of catching the virus STAY AT HOME.
It is that simple. Don't cry, piss, and whine about other people not wearing masks. They are not responsible for you. You should be responsible enough to do what is needed to keep you healthy.

Quit crying and stay at home. You will not have any more worries about the virus. It is up to you to protect yourself. It is not our job."


Why aren't you people staying off the road? Why do you demand others not drink and drive? Do something for yourself. If you are afraid of dying in a DUI, STAY AT HOME.

It's that simple. Don't cry, piss, and whine about other people drinking and getting behind the wheel. They are not responsible for you. You should be responsible enough to do what is needed to keep you healthy.

Quit crying and stay at home. You will not have any more worries about getting hit by a drunk driver. It is up to you to protect yourself. It is not our job.

Asshole.

Anonymous said...

It's really about available staffing. Not only have workers been stretched, insurance and Medicare don't account for overtime.

Anonymous said...

12:48 The H1N1 virus is included in the seasonal flu shot. It has been available since November 2010.

H1N1 only caused about 275,000 hospitalizations and 12,500 deaths according to the CDC, so it is nothing but a fraction of what COVID-19 has done.

Anonymous said...

9:47 - I sure am glad to hear from you with such definitive information. I am sure that your information about available hospital beds is much better based than the information that the State Department of Health has, even recognizing that part of the job of MSDOH is to monitor such data.

Please share with us all your database and what you have determined from it to be able to make such an informative statement.

I'm sure that I am not the only one that would be interested - hell, Dr. Dobbs would probably like access to your sources.

Anonymous said...

Pay attention folks.

Nobody said the hospital beds were full of COVID patients; its just that the hospital beds are full (despite what a couple of idiots on here want to defy).

The plan for the medical system was that hospitals were to keep 25% of their ICU beds available for COVID patients. But, they didn't do this - only 7% of the ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients, and 93% are non-COVID related.

But the problem is that they are all full - and if you are a COVID patient that needs ICU treatment, or a heart attack patient, or the recipient of a car wreck - then there is no available bed for you in many parts of the state.

If the hospitals, particularly the small rural hospitals, had followed the guidance given them and maintained the proper ratio instead of allowing procedures to continue that filled up their beds, they wouldn't be in this shape today and have the new restrictions on elective surgeries being placed again.

And with a large part of the public not following the guidance given to help stop this spread - some out of being lazy and some out of wanting to prove their stupidity (such as Robert Foster and his call for civil disobedience) - the entire population is going to suffer either by becoming contaminated or by stricter rules being put in place that will hurt us all economically.

But hey - we don't need no gubment bureaucrat telling us what to do - they don't know what they are talking about and they are infringing on my constitutional rights, by damn. They can make me wear a shirt and shoes, but they damn sure can't make me wear a mask. They can make me keep my joint clean, make my cooks keep their hair up in nets, make my employees was their hands when going to the bathroom - but hell no, there is no provision in law that says they can make me wear a damn mask or not party as I want to.

Anonymous said...

Some part of that statement is a lie. There are available beds at UMMC. There are entire floors at Baptist which are still closed and vacant.

Anonymous said...

One of the great things about living in a predominately Christian state like Mississippi is that when our medical professionals asked our citizens to wear masks, wash our hands, and maintain social distancing to help protect the most vulnerable among us, there was a sisterly and brotherly love among the citizens that said "I will be my brother's keeper!" and widespread compliance to these sensible precautions. I'm glad I don't live in these states where defiance to reasonable guidelines from health professionals and governments are met with stubborn demands for "freedom" leading to a corresponding surge in sickness and death in those states.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter if they have empty beds if all the staff are sick or laid off.

Anonymous said...

" It was an impressive 'show of force' of Mississippi’s medical community expressing its grave concerns "

Apparently not.

That didn't stop the "rap concert" up in Panola County this past weekend.

(Or was it 2:00 am today . . .) ?

Anyway, gunshots killed 2.

Guess it will be a few weeks before we Know the Covid casualties at said rap concert.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear there are plenty of beds for folks too stupid to wear a mask, avoid big groups, etc. I bet the State Hospital at Whitfield also has beds available for the real geniuses out there.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
You gotta die of something.
July 13, 2020 at 8:19 AM

And someone will accommodate you... just stick your head out a bit.


Anonymous said...
According to MSDOH data, the following are your chances of being hospitalized it you contract the virus: ....
July 13, 2020 at 8:20 AM

But your chances of being hospitalized when there is no place in the hospitals is near zero, which is not a good thing.

Anonymous said...

I don't care about you and you don't care about me so I'm not wearing the mask. God Bless America!!!

Anonymous said...

2:55, please run for governor, or become a reporter. I want more of that.

Anonymous said...

Full of what...gunshot victims?

Anonymous said...

I can tell you that a week ago, I had to call 911 because my mother was unresponsive. When we got to the St.D er, they made her and the EMTs wait outside in the heat for half an hour until they could get her in a COVID room, despite knowing if she had it or not. She was swabbed, nurse comes in and says she'd be shocked if it was negative. Gets me all upset about it, then I get the word she's negative. She was admitted for other reasons. Had to wait in the ER for 28 HOURS before a room became available. Arrived in her room looking like she'd been thru a war zone. She got critical a day later, and the Dr wanted to move her to ICU, and we were told there were no rooms. So she was treated aggressively in a regular room.

I have no idea just how full the hospital is, but I can tell you that every single day, twice a day, I walked by the ER with the double doors to the unit wide open, and every single time it was dead in there. Not busy at all. I would bet cash money my mother was classified as having COVID despite the negative test, simply because she had fluid on her lungs, caused from something entirely different.

All the ICU rooms may be full. But exactly how many ICU rooms are there in Jackson. Not that many I'm assuming.

Anonymous said...

"Medicare has determined that a hospital gets paid $13,000 if a COVID-19 patient on Medicare is admitted and $39,000 if the patient goes on a ventilator, he claimed."

"Medicare will pay hospitals a 20 percent “add-on” to the regular payment for COVID-19 patients. That’s a result of the CARES Act, the largest of the three federal stimulus laws enacted in response to the coronavirus, which was signed into law March 27."

“The 20 percent was added by Congress because hospitals have lost revenue from routine care and elective surgeries that they can’t provide during this crisis, and because the cost of providing even routine services to COVID patients has jumped.”

And you wonder why the hospitals are full of COVID patients.

Anonymous said...

It is all a carefully choreographed psyop that pseudo intellectuals and are totally buying into. True intellectuals see it for what it really is. A globalist mindf*ck.

Casual observer said...

2:55PM is your self-esteem such that you continually post to a board in an attempt to degrade people you don't know in order to make you feel better about your own self-worth. It must really suck to be you.

Anonymous said...

'People who need medical surgeries...'

Are there other kinds?

And, this...

"One of the great things about living in a predominately Christian state like Mississippi is that when our medical professionals asked our citizens to wear masks (yada)..."

Actually, what I read and too often HEAR is 'Don't worry, God will handle this' or 'As a Christian, I know that God won't give me more than I can handle' and the usual catchall phrase, "All we really need is prayer".

Anonymous said...

"Actually, what I read and too often HEAR is 'Don't worry, God will handle this' or 'As a Christian, I know that God won't give me more than I can handle' and the usual catchall phrase, 'All we really need is prayer'."

To update the Katrina and God joke...

Bubba dies from COVID-19 and finds himse...er, hisself before St. Peter. Being a real loudmouth, he loudly bemoans, "OH! St. Peter, why-oh-why did God forsake me in this fake pandemic?! I prayed! I went to church! I praised His name! I damned the abortionists..."

Suddenly, God bursts through the pearly gates, obviously a bit upset, and thunders, "FORSAKE YOU?! You stupid son-of-a-bitch, I sent 100s of doctors, who all told you to wear a mask, wash your nasty hands, and just stay a few feet away from other people. And you didn't listen. And people got sick and died. So I sent even more doctors, who said the same thing. And I had nearly every media outlet in the world report what the doctors were saying. And you still didn't listen!"

"Bu-bu-but...God, President Donald J. Trump said...," stuttered Bubba

"Dumbass-J-fucking-Trump said?!," thundered God, "You can go straight to hell if you took that idiot's word over Mine, you stupid redneck..."

POOF!

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Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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