DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Health leaders are growing increasingly concerned and frustrated as COVID hospitalizations across the state of Alabama continue to rise.
According to the President of the Alabama Hospital Association, Doctor Don Williamson right now there are 554 COVID patients in Alabama hospitals. This is an increase from the 190 being treated just a few weeks ago.
The main reasons we are seeing such a spike, Williamson said, are too few vaccinations and the much more contagious, Delta variant. As of here in the Wiregrass, Williamson recommends residents get vaccinated now since it does take about a month to get both shots in order to be fully protected against the virus.
“I will not be surprised, unfortunately, and I will not be surprised to see us get to a thousand hospitalization in the next few weeks,” Williamson said. “I won’t be surprised to see us get to between a thousand and two thousand hospitalizations. Can we get to three thousand? Yes, we can. It depends if we are able to get more people vaccinated.”
Doctor Williamson tells WDHN this situation is so serious because the Delta variant has 1,000 times the viral load of the original variant, and he said the least people can do who aren’t vaccinated, mask up.