Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 At East Mississippi State Hospital
Updated: May 4
In Meridian, there have been confirmed cases of the coronavirus at a state psychiatric hospital.
East Mississippi State Hospital, the second largest of the four Mississippi state psychiatric hospitals is confirmed to have 36 staff members and 31 individuals receiving services, that have tested positive for COVID-19.
We’ve also learned that five clients in nursing homes operated by the hospital have passed away due to the virus.
According to an official statement provided by Hospital Director, Charles Carlisle, once a patient has been identified after testing positive for the coronavirus, they are relocated from the unit they were in initially, to the Bradley A. Sanders Adolescent Complex gym building on the hospital campus, where classrooms have been converted to isolation rooms.
Also stating, that patients positive for COVID-19 in the nursing home division are immediately moved from their room to Wisteria Hall, which has been converted into an isolation unit as well, for treatment.
During this time, hospital staff members are given full PPE to use and if a building or group home has positive COVID-19 cases or patients who are symptomatic, the area is isolated and access to the building is limited to only essential staff. The staff members working in isolation units do not rotate to other buildings on the hospital campus.
East Mississippi State Hospital has temporarily suspended all off-campus visitors from the facility and is continuing to notify the families of patients when someone is confirmed to have the coronavirus.