Alabama Hospitals Near Crisis, 82% Of ICU Beds Filled

Montgomery’s ABC News affiliate reports:

Over the last 24 hours, the state of Alabama’s seen a record increase in COVID-19 cases with more than 1,100 cases added in a single day. UAB’s Dr. Jeanne Marazzo attributes the surge to the relaxation in people’s efforts to social distance and wear masks.

“We are giving the virus more of an opportunity to jump from one person to another,” she said. 82 percent of Alabama’s ICU beds are now full, according to Dr. Don Williamson with Alabama’s Hospital Association. He says there are only 289 beds available.

“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,” said Marazzo.