Health official: Alabama hospitalizations increasing at a rate “not previously seen”

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – The COVID-19 surge continues across the Wiregrass and the state.  As cases rise, health officials are asking Alabamians to only go to the emergency room for “true” emergencies.

According to the latest data from the Alabama Department of Public Health, statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations rose to 1,736 patients Wednesday.  One month ago, the number of hospitalizations was just 213.

Southeast Health in Dothan reported a total of 73 patients in the hospital Wednesday suffering from COVID-19-related complications. 

“As cases of COVID-19 in Alabama increase rapidly, subsequent hospitalizations due to the virus have risen at a rate not previously seen,” Dr. Karen Landers, Assistant State Health Officer, said.

Many of the patients being admitted to hospitals are younger, and most are unvaccinated. “ As a result, emergency rooms are being overwhelmed at this crucial time,” Landers said.

Alabama hospitals are asking people to only go to an emergency room for “true” medical emergencies.  Also, Alabama health officials advise people seeking a COVID-19 test to not show up at the hospital.

“Reserve emergency room use for more serious medical problems, such as heart attacks and strokes,” Landers urged. 

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