Alabama hospitals update: COVID cases remaining down

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline, Alabama state hospitals have seen fewer hospitalizations in the first week of June compared to last month.

With about 260 patients per day, Alabama Hospital Association President Don Williamson said it is a miracle to see where the state is today compared to where it was six months ago.

“Today we’ve got 20% of our ICU beds available, we’ve got 1,300 ventilators and things are dramatically better,” he said.

However, there are still many COVID-19 patients in hospitals and on ventilators throughout the state. Along with a substantial portion of the population being unvaccinated, Williamson said he believes the virus will continue to impact communities.

“I think we are going to be dealing with COVID on some level for the next several years,” he said. “If we could on a daily basis have fewer than 100 people in the hospital, if we could have fewer than 200 cases consistently every day, I think we could feel pretty good that we are largely on the path to normality.

While the state has worked to get people 65 and older vaccinated and out of hospitals, there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in younger populations.

Williamson said this could be in part because of people’s misunderstanding of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

“The CDC guidance never said everybody can take their mask off,” he said. “The CDC guidance said if you are indoors and have not been vaccinated, then you still need to wear a mask and social distance.”

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