Alabama Hospitals Face a New Surge of COVID-19 Patients
January 28, 2021
An article released by WVTM 13 reported hospitalization rates in Alabama had hit a new spike on Monday
, with more than 3,000 patients admitted into hospitals for COVID-19 complications.
On Monday, the Alabama Department of Public Health reported a new record of 3,064 hospitalizations in different parts of the state, many of them a byproduct of the indulgences offered during Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays, according to ADPH president, Dr. Don Williamson. He went on to say that half of the beds in the state's intensive care units are occupied by COVID-19 patients as a result of the holiday season.
After closing the month of December with 100,000 new cases, Alabama has continued to break hospitalization records, with facilities like the University of Alabama at the Birmingham Hospital and the East Alabama Medical Center reporting 226 and 79 new patients. As of now, the state counts 374,095 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and at least 4,878 deaths.
State Health Officer, Scott Harris, disproved the claims connecting COVID-19 mortality rates to those of the flu. He appealed to people's common sense by saying that every death that occurred in 2020 represents "someone's fellow citizen, friend, or family member."
When it comes to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, 42,810 of the 226,250 doses given to the state were administered last Saturday, with health care workers and nursing home residents taking priority during the vaccination process. While there are plans to start vaccinating essential workers and people over 75, Alabama health officials continue urging the people to wear face masks, respect social distancing, and avoid social gatherings. At the same time, the general population waits for their turn to get access to the vaccine.
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