Hospitals In Crisis In Least Vaccinated State: Mississippi

Kelly Sites, a nurse and team leader with the Samaritan's Purse International Relief medical team in Jackson, Miss., recalls the look of fear she has seen on the faces of some patients she has worked with, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. Sites has been deployed on 22 medical missions in 12 years with the nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and medical aid internationally and domestically. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(AP) — As patients stream into Mississippi hospitals, doctors and nurses have become accustomed to rampant denial and misinformation about COVID-19 in the nation’s least vaccinated state. People in denial about the severity of their own illness or the virus itself, with visitors frequently trying to enter hospitals without masks.

The painful look of recognition on patients’ faces when they realize they made a mistake not getting vaccinated. The constant misinformation about the coronavirus that they discuss with medical staff. About 38% of Mississippi’s 3 million people are fully inoculated against COVID-19. That’s driving a surge in cases and hospitalizations that is overwhelming medical workers.


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