Tuscaloosa’s Incident Command team monitoring rises in COVID-19 cases

Concerns over COVID-19 spread in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The recent jump in the number of people requiring care for coronavirus at DCH Regional Medical Center did not go unnoticed at Tuscaloosa Incident Command this week.

“Yesterday we saw 74 in-patients which is the highest numbers we’ve seen since mid-August. So, it is concerning to the city,” Randy Smith, Chief of the Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service said.

Smith, a member of the Incident Command team, said they’re in close contact with the hospital to monitor the amount of coronavirus spread in the Tuscaloosa-area. He added that the hospital has seen double digits in terms people needing care from the illness in 5 of the last 6 days.

“We feel so much of this is because of Halloween, or other large gatherings that have taken place. We know there were some Homecoming events over the last few weeks, plus home games. So we’re seeing a combination of things that we believe are increasing our numbers,” Smith continued.

Andy North, DCH Vice President of Marketing and Communications, explained many of those in DCH from COVID are 65 and older. He urged people to be more cautious if they choose to socialize right now.

“I don’t know if we can call it a second wave. But we can probably attribute it to things such as community events. There’s a lot more of that going on right now,” North went on to say.

They’re encouraging people to continue wearing a face coverings, wash their hands often and maintain six feet of social distancing. Smith believes people will be more mindful of these simple precautions because it may be more of a habit for some folks during flu season.

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