COVID-19 hospitalizations in Wiregrass continue to trend downward


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama Department of Public Health reports that currently, 503 patients are fighting COVID-19 in hospitals across the state, which is just a third of the number this time last month.

According to Dr. George Narby in the past several weeks Southeast Health has been blessed to see a drop in COVID-19 patients. Medical professionals are seeing hospitals numbers are like those seen between the last two COVID-19 spikes.

“The Delta variant spike that we just went through, was long and difficult for everyone we are glad to see that particular surge behind us,” Dr. Narby said.

In September, across Alabama, a total of 1,558 patients were battling COVID-19 in hospitals.

Monday that number was down to 503 COVID-19 patients, with 23 patients battling COVID-19 at Southeast Health and 10 patients fighting the virus at Flowers Hospital.

Medical experts explain low numbers are helping put an end to the strain that was put on hospital workers at the height of the Delta surge.

“Assistance that we have gotten from the federal government through our military and Air-Force colleagues is coming to a close, they have been extremely helpful and we have been grateful for their time and effort,” Dr. Narby said.

Dr. Narby tells WDHN News it’s a good thing that COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to trend downward, but he said this can all be reversed if not enough people continue to get vaccinated or continue to wear their masks.

Narby said these are the two ways to truly defeat the coronavirus and return fully back to normal.

“We are always vigilant and we are always concerned about a variant that may be able to establish itself the way Delta did,” Dr. Narby said. “Thankfully we do not see that right now at this moment but we never know, we never know what tomorrow brings.”

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