BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - COVID-19 continues to put a big strain on hospitals around Birmingham. A lot of them are running out of room to treat patients.
On New Year’s Eve, there was only 1 available ICU bed to treat COVID-19 patients in Jefferson County according to the county health department. For the past few weeks, hospitals in the county have been working with less than 10% availability of adult ICU’s and the ones for COVID patients. The numbers do fluctuate during the day.
Doctors say they are more concerned about the overall COVID-19 situation now compared to the summer. Jefferson County’s Chief Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson says hospitals are stretched thin and doing all they can to take care of patients.
“There have been multiple times where some of our hospitals ICU’s have been full for COVID patients and then some beds will open up periodically but this is even after they’ve already shifted some resources to create extra ICU beds for COVID,” Dr. Wilson said.
The Alabama Hospital Association says the situation is so dire with hospitals that it’s going to get progressively worse if the public doesn’t take action to slow the spread of COVID-19.