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Registered nurse Amy Green cares for a COVID-19 patient in UMMC's Medical Intensive Care Unit.

Omicron surge creates unprecedented staff shortages as hospitalizations rise

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

As Omicron cases surge in Mississippi and nationwide, the Medical Center is navigating the challenges it brings, namely staff shortages and rising hospitalizations. But there’s hope for the future, with a downward trend in cases hoped for by late January or early February. Read More

Dr. Bhagyashri Navalkele and Dr. Jason Parham are leading the University of Mississippi Medical Center's infectious diseases and infection prevention response to the COVID-19 virus.

Omicron and Delta variants: What do we know?

Monday, January 10, 2022

As the Omicron variant sweeps Mississippi and the rest of the nation, those at risk of infection – pretty much everyone – are asking questions about its severity, how infectious it is and what the future holds. Two of the Medical Center’s top infectious diseases specialists answer the questions based on what science is now telling us. Read More

Majority of children hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated

For safe in-person learning for children this semester, the protection of vaccinations, wearing face masks and hand hygiene are needed, Children's of Mississippi leaders say. The state's only children's hospital is starting the new year with a dramatic rise in COVID-19 patients.

Published on Monday, January 10, 2022

Omicron’s “surprises” spur scientific interest

We don’t yet know how Omicron will shape the COVID-19 pandemic, but the variant’s mutations, origins and performance against Delta have scientists watching it closely. That includes UMMC’s Molecular and Genomics Core Facility, which is ready to help track Omicron in Mississippi.

Published on Monday, December 13, 2021

Vaccine, booster still best defenses to both Delta and Omicron variants

As the Omicron variant spreads, Medical Center providers warn that it’s the Delta variant that’s still rampant in the state. The best protection against both? Getting both the COVID-19 immunization plus the booster.

Published on Monday, December 13, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination offers kids extra layer of protection, pediatricians say

Children ages 5 and older can receive doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Batson Kids Clinic located at 421 Stadium Circle by Veterans Memorial Stadium. Parents should make appointments for their children online at or by calling (601) 815-5300 or (888) 815-2005.

Published on Monday, November 15, 2021

UMMC COVID vaccination appointments now available for children 5 to 11

Published on Thursday, November 11, 2021

More COVID-related pediatric hospitalizations to come, UMMC experts warn

Published on Monday, August 23, 2021

Ivermectin cures parasites in cows, not COVID-19 in humans

Published on Monday, August 23, 2021

Samaritan’s Purse COVID-19 field hospital to open Wednesday

Published on Tuesday, August 17, 2021

‘It’s unrelenting’: Rising pediatric COVID-19 cases stress full children’s hospital

Published on Monday, August 16, 2021

Delta resurgence reignites COVID-19 research

Published on Monday, August 16, 2021

ED patient crush logjams health system

Published on Monday, August 16, 2021

The Battle of the Surge: Photographic Story of UMMC and the Rise of COVID-19

Published on Monday, August 16, 2021

Seven schools and six ways from Sunday: Students, faculty brazen out COVID surge

Published on Monday, August 16, 2021

UMMC to start monoclonal antibody clinic Tuesday

Published on Monday, August 16, 2021

Samaritan’s Purse sets up COVID-19 field hospital at UMMC

Published on Monday, August 16, 2021

Field hospital set to ease strain amid record-breaking COVID-19 surge

Published on Thursday, August 12, 2021

Field hospital for COVID-19 patients comes as UMMC sets records for virus numbers

Published on Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Unvaccinated Mississippians driving hospitals, front-line caregivers to breaking point

Published on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Pregnancy and COVID-19: ‘It doesn’t have to be this way’

Published on Monday, August 2, 2021

Nasal antiviral response could determine COVID-19 severity

Published on Monday, July 26, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination policy puts patients, families' safety first

Published on Monday, July 19, 2021

Experts debunk misinformation about vaccine, pregnancy

Published on Monday, July 19, 2021

UMMC scientists are seq-ing variants to fight COVID-19

Published on Monday, June 28, 2021