Updated Coronavirus, COVID-19 InformationLast updated Wednesday, May 27, at noon.
This page will be frequently updated to reflect current information related to the coronavirus and COVID-19.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by taking aggressive steps to increase testing, stem transmission and create forward-thinking health care solutions that benefit patients and families.
The state’s only academic health sciences center is responding to the virus through innovations that include:
- An in-house COVID-19 test created by UMMC scientists and researchers working around the clock is vastly increasing the number of Mississippians identified as having the virus and speeding efforts to curb transmission.
- Working in tandem with C Spire and state agencies including the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Medical Center is testing residents statewide via one-day, drive-through collection sites and a seven-days-a-week operation at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.
- Using basic supplies found at most hardware stores, a UMMC anesthesiologist engineered a respirator for use by COVID-19 patients whose conditions are most dire.
- Medical Center researchers are conducting clinical research and trials on how to treat the disease – as many as nine clinical studies meant for people with COVID-19 who are ill enough to require hospitalization or intensive care, not those who are asymptomatic or able to recover from the disease at home.
And, the Medical Center’s front-line staff is working tirelessly to care for those coping with the virus, at the same time doing what they do all day, every day: provide exemplary treatment for Mississippi’s sickest of the sick.
Mississippi currently has 14,044 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 670 deaths. Read more about COVID-19 cases in Mississippi.
Total number of tests by UMMC labs: 15,602 | Positive results: 1,684