Alabama hospitals stocked with PPE for now

Hospital breaking point

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Hospitals in Alabama are stocked adequately now, that could change if the numbers keep rising.

Just ten months ago, medical professionals were faced with dwindling supplies of everything from masks to even gloves.

“There are a few items from time to time that are short, I saw one hospital having difficulty getting gloves from their supplier,” said Dr. Don Williamson, president of the Alabama Hospital Association and former state health officer.

Overall, Alabama’s hospital supply closets are largely stocked...for now.

“We really don’t know what the hospital supply situation is going to be over the next six weeks,” said Dr. Williamson.

Today, a new record --- 3,000 hospitalized COVID patients in Alabama.

That trajectory concerns Dr. Williamson.

“If anything, we are just seeing the beginning of the Christmas surge.”

Time will tell if New Year’s gatherings will add fuel to the fire.

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