JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will open a 50-bed field hospital and the federal government will send medical professionals to help treat patients as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.
Many hospitals face a crunch for space and staffing, and Mississippi has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation.
Officials on Wednesday said the field hospital should open by Friday in a parking garage at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
That will help with an influx of patients, including those transferred from smaller hospitals.
The head of University Medical Center, Dr. LouAnn Woodward, says vaccination is the way to get the surge of cases under control.