The Montgomery Advertiser reports:
A federal team of health care workers is deploying to a south Alabama hospital amid an ongoing “crush” of COVID-19 patients threatening to overwhelm the state’s health system.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will send a 13-person team to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Alabama. The director of the team is on the ground in Foley today, and additional members will travel to the state over the weekend.
Alabama has assessed at least eight hospitals for disaster medical assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, requesting up to 200 ICU nurses in addition to a number of doctors and other specialties such as paramedics.
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Alabama has seen COVID-19 deaths increase in the state this week and ICU capacity bottom out, with hospitals reporting several days of net negative ICU bed numbers.
— MontgomeryAdvertiser (@MGMAdvertiser) August 20, 2021
At the presser, Gov. Tate Reeves mocked a vaccinated reporter for wearing a mask.
“If you really want to virtue signal, why are you in this room? Why don’t you go to your house & lock yourself up,” he said in front of the mask state health officer.https://t.co/4strPbRUOy
— Ashton Pittman (@ashtonpittman) August 15, 2021