Williamson said while staff is still stretched thin, transfers are also improving. He said the state is now able to transfer patients to other hospitals again, it just is not happening as quickly as he would like.
Health leaders continue to tell us that the key to recovery is for more people to get vaccinated. With Alabama having one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation, what’s the best way to convince those who are still hesitant about getting the shot to change their minds?
Danika Barrett comes to Princeton Baptist every day for a window visit with her husband, Brian, who is battling COVID-19 and on a ventilator. Danika said she and her family believe in the power of prayer and she feels it daily. She said, “It has been overwhelming the people who pray for us.”
UAB hosted a webinar Monday answering questions about flu season and the latest COVID-19 updates. Doctors said only a handful of flu cases have been reported so far, but flu season will be here soon and they want to make sure you have protection against both the flu and COVID.
UAB officials said they are reversing the vaccine mandate while they wait for details from the government about a potential federal mandate, but state leaders said this reversal wont make a huge impact right now.
Dr. Harris said 2020 will be the first year in the history of Alabama where there were more deaths than births. There were 64,714 deaths (still preliminary) and 57,641 births. Harris said, “It’s never been close before.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that monoclonal antibodies for treatment of COVID-19 are temporarily under allocation and must be tracked by healthcare providers to ensure they are distributed where needed.
President Joe Biden’s mandate that businesses with a hundred or more employees must require the COVID vaccination is not yet in effect, but once OSHA issues the new emergency rules, many expect the mandate will face legal challenges.
President Joe Biden unveiled a six-pronged plan Thursday outlining aggressive efforts to get more people vaccinated. State health leaders said we are doing a little better with our vaccination numbers here in Alabama, but we still lag behind a lot of the nation.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham and UAB Medicine will be opening two drive-through COVID-19 vaccination locations this month at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex on Sept. 15, and at Faith Chapel in Ensley on Sept. 22.
Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said the state continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases, an increase in positive cases in school-aged children and a continued deficit in ICU beds for COVID-19 patients.
State Health Officer Scott Harris said the state continues to be in a difficult place with near-record level hospitalizations and a record number of virus patients in intensive care. But he said they are encouraged by the recent uptick in vaccinations.
AARP is expressing concern about the rollout of COVID boosters. The organization sent a letter to Gov. Kay Ivey and other leaders urging them to come up with a comprehensive plan for the third COVID-19 shot.
Bessemer Schools Superintendent Dr. Autumm Jeter said the students engaged in their First Amendment rights by stepping out of the classroom to protest. Jeter said she and school leaders acknowledge the students’ rights and she thanked them for being peaceful.