Hospital CEO tests positive for COVID-19 as local cases rise
Published 1:47 pm Friday, November 27, 2020
NATCHEZ — Merit Health Natchez CEO Lance Boyd tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantined at home, he said Friday.
Several social media posts in recent days regarding Merit Health Natchez hospital said the COVID-19 unit and ICU were completely full. One post said the COVID-19 patients being admitted were presenting more severe symptoms.
MSDH showed no available ICU beds and two available staffed beds at Merit Health Natchez as of Tuesday, Nov. 24.
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On Tuesday, Merit Health Natchez reported four adult COVID-19 patients in ICU and 10 confirmed positive COVID-19 patients at the hospital, the MSDH website states.
“Our capacity constantly changes based on patients in our care and staffing,” Boyd said Friday. “This is a very fluid situation and the figures vary throughout the day as patients are admitted and discharged. We encourage individuals experiencing a medical emergency to seek care promptly.”
Boyd said people can help the hospital by following community guidelines that are posted on the hospital’s website, www.merithealthnatchez.com/covid-19.
MSDH reported 1,005 new cases statewide and six new COVID-19 related deaths Friday. Two new deaths were recorded by MSDH for Adams County on Thursday, bringing the county’s total number of deaths reported by MSDH to 50.
Adams County COVID-19 cases continue to rise at a rapid rate, data from the Mississippi State Department of Health shows.
Volunteer statistician Norma Williams, using data from MSDH, said Adams County has accumulated 207 new COVID-19 cases in a period of 17 days.
“MSDH reported 19 new cases for 11/26 in Adams County bringing the total to 1,411 cases,” Williams states in an email sent Friday morning. “The last 207 cases were accumulated in a RECORD 17 DAYS, which is 4.3 times faster than it took to accumulate the first 200 cases.”
The state’s total number of COVID-19 cases since March now stands at 148,387 with 3,769 deaths.