COVID Update: For first time in pandemic, KDMC reports 0 virus patients admitted

Published 3:21 pm Monday, November 15, 2021

For the first time over the course of the pandemic, King’s Daughters Medical Center reported zero COVID-positive patients hospitalized.

The report came at week’s end for Nov. 11.

“We are very excited about having zero COVID patients, even if it’s for one day,” KDMC spokesperson David Culpepper said Friday.

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The Brookhaven hospital reported 33 total patients hospitalized (20 was the normal daily average pre-pandemic), three patients in the intensive care unit and one on a ventilator. None had current positive COVID-19 coronavirus tests.

Twenty-four patients had been seen in the emergency room with COVID-related symptoms, but none were admitted to the hospital.

The state health department reported 806 new positive cases of the coronavirus Monday for the three-day period of Nov. 12-14, raising the state’s total number of recorded cases to 509,275. Sixteen new related deaths were also reported by the Mississippi State Department of Health, including one in Franklin County, bringing the state’s death total to 10,203.

Lincoln County has reported 5,498 cases to-date and 136 deaths. Seventeen new cases have been reported since Oct. 30, but no new viral fatalities. No recent cases have been associated with an outbreak.

In the United States, more than 46.9 million cases have been reported and 759,552 deaths.

A common concern is whether a person can contract the COVID-19 virus more than once. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some reinfections are expected, meaning a person got sick once, recovered, then later became infected again.

All viruses mutate as they spread, resulting in variants. Variants such as B.1.617.2 — more commonly known as the Delta variant — can spread more easily and may cause more severe cases than other variants. Nearly all variants circulating in the U.S. respond to treatment with FDA-authorized monoclonal antibody treatments, according to the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

CDC doctors continue to recommend vaccinations, wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowds and poorly-ventilated indoor spaces, as well as washing hands often with soap and water. Hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available.