The University of Mississippi Medical Center is so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients during the state’s worst wave of cases that it is constructing a field hospital in a parking garage. This is necessary to increase capacity, as UMMC is completely out of staffed intensive care unit beds. The medical center is just one of the many medical facilities across the state on the verge of collapse as the delta variant causes a level of need the state’s healthcare workers cannot meet.

Mississippi Today photojournalist Vickie King visited the facility to view how officials are prepping the area for an influx of COVID patients.

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