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The coronavirus continues to be a true, genuine nightmare for American citizens all across the country, as it seems in many states the disease is making a comeback, just as we all started to get back to living our lives and reopening the economy.
Several major hospitals in the state of Alabama have been hit so hard by brand new cases of COVID-19 that they’ve begun to run out of ICU beds. The question we all need to ask now is if this nightmare will ever end. It certainly doesn’t feel like it.
Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:
In the highly populated areas of Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, and Birmingham, beds in intensive care units are nearing capacity. The University of Alabama, Birmingham’s Dr. Jeanne Marazzo said some hospitals have been forced to move critical care patients to free up beds.
“We are approaching a critical threshold for our capacity to care for patients with COVID and everything else we need to provide care for over the next several weeks,” Marazzo said.
Dr. Don Williamson, who works for the Alabama Hospital Association, stated that a whopping 82 percent of ICU beds in the state are now in use after the massive rise in new cases. This, ladies and gentlemen, is not a good sign.
Alabama health officials have recorded that more than 1,000 new cases were reported on Thursday, creating a new record for the southern state. According to Marazzo, residents need to start improving how they handle and apply social distancing measures to help slow the spread of the virus.
“We are giving the virus more of an opportunity to jump from one person to another,” Marazzo said.
There’s a little good news sprinkled in with the bad. A lot of hospitals in the state aren’t experiencing the same intense spike in cases. Some are reporting fairly small numbers of infections.
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