Emergency Field Hospital Wraps Up in Mississippi

September 8, 2021 • United States

Dozens of patients received care in Jackson at the hands of Samaritan’s Purse medical personnel.

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Our medical teams cared for 65 COVID-19 patients.

Our medical teams cared for 65 COVID-19 patients.

Samaritan’s Purse opened a 32-bed Emergency Field Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, on Aug. 18 to help the severely strained healthcare system battle a statewide surge in COVID-19 cases. When the field unit was set up in a parking garage at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), the state was the global hotspot for the virus outbreak, and local doctors and nurses were overworked and exhausted.

We praise God that coronavirus case numbers are now declining in Mississippi to the point that area hospitals will be able to meet the needs. Samaritan’s Purse is closing its facility today (September 8). This timeline was established in coordination with UMMC, and it is based on patient needs as well as the trends of the disease.

Staff celebrate as the last patient is discharged.

Staff celebrate as the last patient is discharged.

We’re grateful that we were able to ease their burden and provide high-quality, around-the-clock medical care for 65 patients who were suffering from the virus—also letting them know that God loves them and has not forgotten them.

Mississippi was the sixth COVID-related field hospital that we’ve operated since the start of the pandemic. We previously deployed treatment facilities to New York City, North Carolina, and California, as well to Italy and the Bahamas.

Please pray for frontline medical workers who continue to battle the deadly virus and for all those who are struggling with COVID-19.

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