According to data released from the United States Task Force the city of Jackson and Madison County along with neighboring areas in the state are in a "red zone" for COVID-19.
“Jackson is in the top 10 of metropolitan areas that is considered in the red zone. Due to our number of positive cases per 100 thousand population plus our positivity rate", says Director of the Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department, Kim Tedford.
West Tennessee Health Care reported 100 COVID-19 patients at the Jackson Madison County General hospital today. Nearly 20 percent of their current patients.
Of those COVID-19 patients many are very sick, leading them to fill up intensive care unit beds.
“These patients are incredibly sick. As I mentioned you have to be really sick to be hospitalized because there is certain criteria that you have to meet to be an inpatient", says public information officer for West Tennessee Health Care, Amy Garner.
Officials with the hospital say they are working with other hospitals near by to figure out how to care for every patient.
Garner added, "if we got patients from a community that we need to send back to another facility where they can be safely taken care of we’re working with everybody to do that.”
The Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department reported 1,886 COVID-19 cases that is up 37 from yesterday’s total. 414 of the cases are currently active. Imani Williams for 39 News in Jackson.