October 23, 2020, MPB, Kobee Vance – Mississippi hospitals are preparing for a second wave of the coronavirus. Governor Tate Reeves issued an order Monday requiring hospitals to reserve 10% capacity for future coronavirus patients, saying he’s concerned about growing cases over the next 4 to 8 weeks. Dr. Roderick Givens is with the Mississippi State Medical Association. He says one of the most at-risk healthcare functions are intensive care units. “You can certainly create bed space for someone who just needs some oxygen, but ventilators, intensive care that’s associated with ICUs, there’s limited capacity. And so once that’s maxed out, that’s it,” says Dr. Givens. “At the peak Jackson was full and they had to get diverted and sent out of state simply because that higher level of care, you just can’t instantly create it.” View Story.