Tuscaloosa mayor highlights some positive COVID-19 trends in the city

COVID continuing to stress Tuscaloosa city services

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox reported several positive trends in the city Wednesday when it comes to coronavirus. More police and firefighters in Tuscaloosa are back on the job after missing time due to COVID-19.

“I do think the work of our team members has resulted in us beginning to get back to some staffing levels that puts us in moderate position,” Maddox told city councilors Tuesday.

About 90% of firefighters and 73% of police are able to work, Mayor Walt Maddox explained during a briefing. There has also been steady increase of those city-employed first responders getting vaccinated for coronavirus.

“We’re beginning to see more participation, which I really believe is a good sign,” Maddox continued.

As of Wednesday, 183 of those employees have received their first vaccine shot and 33 have had their second dose. Just over 30 firefighters had been vaccinated in the last week of 2020.

Maddox told city councilors that 36% of the people hospitalized at DCH Health System for COVID-19 were Tuscaloosa residents.

“That’s why as a community we’ll rally together to see what we can do to help our partners at the table at the state level through more vaccinations that we can roll out is probably going to be our best opportunity to reduce stress on the hospital to keep people safe in Tuscaloosa,” Maddox added.

City officials continue having discussions with the Alabama Department of Public Health about offering assistance. We’ll let you know if an agreement is finalized.

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