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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Mississippi Department of Health said Thursday the state has passed a new milestone with nearly 1,500 people hospitalized for COVID-19.

The state says this is the highest number of hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic. Of the 1,490 people hospitalized, more than 1,300 are unvaccinated.

The number in Intensive Care Units is 388, with 264 on ventilators.

“Hospitals are operating at emergency capacity to cope with the incoming flood of COVID-19 patients,” the department said in a tweet.

Mississippi reported 4,412 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 20 deaths.

An emergency overflow hospital for patients is set to open in Jackson, Mississippi. As of Wednesday, Mississippi had only 10 ICU beds available in the state.