A record 2,800+ patients statewide hospitalized with COVID-19

Updated: Dec. 28, 2020 at 9:58 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The numbers have been rising steadily since before Christmas, and this is the first time we’ve seen the numbers climb this high.

It means that there are 207 patients in hospital beds at UAB who are too sick to battle COVID at home. Statewide, 2,802 people are being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals, per state data - also a record.

The situation, according to the state’s top hospital official, is dire for multiple reasons, including the strain on space and staff in Alabama.

“Everything that we have feared is now becoming reality but I think it’s becoming reality at a rate more quickly than we anticipated,” said Dr. Don Williamson, Alabama Hospital Association President.

Officials are begging people to do their part to stop the spread and to make careful choices.

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