COVID-19 positive cases and patients continue to rise

COVID cases rising, reset

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The number of COVID patients and positive cases continue to rise in Alabama. Today, hospitalizations hit more than three thousand people now in state hospitals.

UAB hit 221 patients.

Those numbers are expected to continue to increase and what scares those healthcare leaders the most is that the state still has not seen the expected surge in cases from the Christmas and recent New Year’s holidays.

The latest statewide map for the Alabama Public Health Department showed improvements for most of the state. But those numbers are behind the latest jump in cases and hospitalizations.

“We are in the worst shape we have been. All of our fears before the holidays have been borne out,” said Dr. Don Williamson with the Alabama Hospitalization.

Hospitals around the state of Alabama continue to a record number of patients and there is a belief that will not change anytime soon.

“We are in a very bad place with COVID-19 cases and I expect over the next week or two we will continue to see a significant increase in COVID cases,” said Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Williamson said hospital resources across the state of Alabama are being stressed at this time. “51% of all the patients in ICU’s have COVID. We set new records in terms of the COVID patients on ventilators,” said Williamson.

Williamson said hospitals are handling their current patients but some hospitals are sending patients out of state. Landers added the vaccine rollout will not stop the impending surge.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel. As one of my colleagues said it’s a very long tunnel,” Landers added.

Landers and Williamson both say the only thing people can do now to help with be to be continue to social distance and wear masks. If that doesn’t happen over the next two weeks, hospitals will be preparing for even more patients.

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