Walt Maddox Working On Elevate Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said it’s more important than ever that residents follow health guidelines so there isn’t another potential shutdown.

Maddox spoke on Tuesday, May 26, about the increase in COVID-19 cases and patients at DCH Regional Medical Center. As of May 27, there are 85 inpatients with COVID-19. Of those, 25 are in the ICU and 12 are on ventilators. A total of 30 patients have died at DCH, but not all of those deaths are Tuscaloosa County residents.

“I think we’ve entered a very dangerous stage of this fight against the coronavirus because I think we’re becoming more relaxed in what we’re doing,” Maddox said. “We certainly see less people practicing social distancing, less people wearing masks when going out in public.”

Following those practices is still vital for residents’ safety, Maddox said.

“We have to continue to do the things that earned us this opportunity to reclaim our lives,” Maddox said. “None of us want to have to take steps backwards in this fight, and we certainly will.”

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