MONTGOMERY — Alabama reached new highs over four consecutive days for the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19.
On Wednesday, 1,110 people were hospitalized because of the coronavirus across the state, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. That is the highest number since the pandemic began. Doctors have expressed concern about the sharp rise in hospitalizations. The state had 683 hospitalized patients two weeks ago, on June 24.
111cc彩票下载安卓Since the pandemic began, more than 46,000 people in Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19 with about 30% of infections being reported in the past two weeks.
“We are worried really about the trends that we are seeing," Dr. Jodie Dionne-Odom, an assistant professor of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a call with reporters.
“It’s not really about any one data point or any one number. But the fact that we are seeing these sharp increases in hospitalizations and cases over the past week to two is really concerning.”
She said when confirmed cases rise, the number of hospitalizations typically rise about two weeks later.
So far, 1,032 Alabamians have died after contracting the virus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and even be fatal.
Dr. Don Williamson, the former state health officer who now heads the Alabama Hospital Association, said the state on Wednesday hit a new low for available intensive care beds. Williamson said 88% of ICU beds are full leaving 202 beds available statewide.
111cc彩票下载安卓Dionne-Odom said the message to the public should be: “to wear a mask, keep distancing and keep yourself and your family safe.”
“The major message to get out to people is that COVID-19 is still here. It’s in all of our communities. It is spreading community wide from person to person