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UMMC Coronavirus (COVID-19) News

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As of Friday, June 5, at noon Mississippi has 16,769 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 803 deaths.

Mississippi Cases

The Mississippi State Department of Health on June 5 reported 16,769 cases of COVID-19 with the death toll rising to 803.

The first death, a Hancock County man aged 60-65 with underlying health conditions, was reported March 19. For a full listing of deaths by counties, visit the MSDH website

Three deaths were reported in individuals aged 18-29, 13 aged 30-39, 33 aged 40-49, 57 aged 50-59, 175 aged 60-69, 220 aged 70-79, 195 aged 80-89, and 107 aged 90 and above. Many had underlying health conditions.

MSDH is investigating all cases to limit the spread of the virus.

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Heidi Logan, nurse on 2 North, assists Dr. Hamid Ullah, assistant professor of medicine, don personal protective equipment before entering a patient room.

As COVID-19 numbers grow, so does creative patient placement

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Medical Center continues to see record numbers of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. That means members of clinical and leadership teams must make decisions on where to safely place them while at the same time balancing the capacity needs of the state's only Level I trauma center and sole source for many fields of specialty care. Read More

Registered medical technologist Kinyetta Windom prepares tests for COVID-19. The Medical Center will have completed 15,000 tests for the novel coronavirus by the end of the day May 26.

UMMC tests 15,000 for COVID-19, expands testing to other groups

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued, the Medical Center has increased its testing capabilities several-fold in the last two months. Now, UMMC is also testing residents and employees of the state's long-term care facilities. Read More

Heart failure admissions plummet – is the pandemic to blame?

When the number of heart failure hospitalizations at the Medical Center sank sharply this spring, a cadre of concerned physicians, mostly from UMMC, investigated. Their findings, published in a medical journal this month, finger a likely offender – the one spreading health care havoc here and across the world.

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Health System keeps ship steady despite COVID-19's uncharted waters

When news about COVID-19 was bleak and the novel coronavirus' spread to Mississippi became inevitable, UMMC leaders acted early to protect its employees and patients by enacting policies that guide the Health System through the growing pandemic. UMMC leaders are planning for a future marked by a virus that could linger for months or even years.

Published on Monday, May 18, 2020

COVID-19 impacts black communities more heavily, study shows

A new study co-authored by a UMMC physician shows that disproportionately black or African American counties in the U.S. experience more COVID-19 cases and deaths than the rest of the nation.

Published on Thursday, May 7, 2020

Medical Center credits students’ COVID-19 response – in due course

When it became clear that volunteers were needed for deployment in the war on COVID-19, scores of UMMC students stepped forward and armed themselves with swabs, masks, thermometers and more. With the creation of the Disaster Management Course, they’re getting credit for their work – in more ways than one.

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020

Leading the charge: Jones, Wilson help steer COVID-19 command team

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020

COVID-19 isolation good for public health, worrisome for mental health

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020

Infectious diseases, prevention team keeps COVID-19 on the run

Published on Friday, April 24, 2020

Those at higher COVID-19 complication risk should note these tips

Published on Monday, April 20, 2020

Self-care crucial while caring for loved ones with dementia

Published on Monday, April 20, 2020

Regions matches donations to UMMC COVID-19 relief up to $50K

Published on Monday, April 20, 2020

UMMC begins COVID-19 clinical trials

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Field clinic for respiratory illness opens to public, provider referrals

Published on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Photos: One mission, one family - UMMC takes on COVID-19

Published on Monday, April 13, 2020

Telehealth technology 'linchpin' of Medical Center’s COVID-19 response

Published on Monday, April 13, 2020

Statewide COVID-19 testing proves instrumental to 'flattening the curve'

Published on Monday, April 13, 2020

Stay home to keep children with medical conditions healthy, experts say

Published on Saturday, April 11, 2020

Mobile field clinic established for patients with non-emergency respiratory illness

Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

UMMC builds ventilators for COVID-19 pandemic response

Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Telehealth virtual 'house call' for UMMC patients during pandemic

Published on Monday, April 6, 2020

Emotions come home to roost as Mississippians shelter in place

Published on Monday, April 6, 2020

Medical Center deploys UMMC Reserves to aid in COVID-19 battle

Published on Monday, April 6, 2020

Cities in Smith, Webster and Tunica counties set for one-day mobile COVID-19 testing

Published on Monday, April 6, 2020

UMMC calls on community members to help protect health care heroes

Published on Sunday, April 5, 2020