Alabama state health officer expects growing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations

COVID-19 cases continue to climb

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Alabama health leaders continue to keep a close eye on the growing number of positive COVID-19 patients and hospitalizations in the state.

Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris is not optimistic those numbers are going to improve in the coming weeks. In fact, he things it’s going to get worse.

Dr. Harris called it a crisis situation. A crisis the state has been in for weeks now. Harris said it’s not one thing causing the surge of COVID positive cases or patients. The state health officer says Alabama is still seeing the surge from the holidays, which is expected to grow in the coming weeks.

The increase is hurting staffing numbers at Alabama hospitals treating COVID patients and others who need medical services.

Harris said the reason for the rise is not easy find.

“I don’t think we can point our fingers at any one particular activity. Certainly, we are seeing fallout from Thanksgiving. Some of what was going on during the Christmas season. Maybe not Christmas day, yet. I think we are a few days away from what that surge may look like,” Harris said.

Harris said while it is a crisis, people can help. They can choose to wear masks, social distance, and not be in crowds. That will help, but he firmly believes the surge is going to continue over the next couple of weeks.

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