The surge of COVID-19 cases in Mississippi has left no intensive care unit beds available across the state and prompted the need for restrictions, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said Friday.

Dobbs said in a Tweet that beginning Tuesday, all elective procedures that require hospitalization must be delayed statewide. The Mississippi Department of Health is also anticipating many more hospitalizations as the increase in cases continues…

According to data from the health department, at least 300 patients were confirmed to be in ICU beds across the state as of Wednesday. In the Jackson metro area, Dobbs has stated that there has been no bed availability for intensive care patients for several weeks.

In November, Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Medicine, said ICU beds in their network are full. Some patients were forced to wait in emergency department rooms for new ICU beds to open.