UMMC is setting up a field hospital in Parking Garage B. Let me repeat that — in a parking garage. Over 4,000 new cases a day with a death rate of 2.2% equals misery, pain and the potential collapse of the Mississippi hospital system. While Katrina was a horrific disaster that happened in our faces, the current delta tsunami is happening behind closed doors and in ICUs out of sight. It’s crushing, painful and sadly, avoidable.

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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.