Tuscaloosa update: Younger patients in hospital fighting COVID
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Carlie A.Horn
DCH Health System continues treating more than 100 inpatients fighting COVID-19, but the average age being treated is trending lower, hospital officials said Thursday.
As of Thursday, DCH’s three hospitals are treating 130 inpatients who are positive for COVID-19. Of those, 25 are in the ICU and 17 are on ventilators.
Vaccinated patients are taking up 22 beds, four of those in the ICU.
Patients between the ages of 29 and 45 are the largest portion of those being hospitalized. That age group also features the lowest vaccination rate.
“We are seeing much younger patients than we were seeing back in January,” said DCH Vice President in Marketing and Communications Andy North. “So while our numbers were up around 199 at one point for total COVID-positive inpatients, right now we are seeing more patients who are younger and sicker who are needing ICU care and unfortunately are passing away.”
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, more than 78,000 Tuscaloosa County residents have taken a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Alabama is nearing 14,000 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.