DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, on Friday 90 percent of all Alabama counties are now in this same category.

“It simply does not need to be this way,” Dr. George Narby, Chief Medical Officer at Southeast Health said about all 28 of his patients being treated for COVID-19 at his hospital. He said he understands there will be breakthrough cases but vaccinations can totally stop these numbers that just keep going up.

During the month of June, Alabama saw a point when there were only just six counties considered ‘very high risk’ for the spread of COVID-19. Once July came, those counties under that ‘very high risk’ category quadrupled to a total of 26 counties.

“What I can tell you is that over 90 percent of our patients hospitalized here at Southeast with COVID-19 are unvaccinated and really this covid pandemic has become a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

On Friday, 59 counties in Alabama are now considered ‘very high risk.’ According to new data released by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Which is not good news for local hospitals and medical professionals on the front line.

As of Thursday, 646 patients were being treated for COVID in the state. Last week, that number 371. Two weeks ago, that number was 249.

“Anybody today that dies with COVID is really just a senseless tragedy,” Narby said. “Vaccination reduces the risk of hospitalization and greatly reduces the risk of dying from COVID-19.

Narby wants people in the Wiregrass to know the fight against the virus is not anywhere close to being over yet, especially in the state of Alabama. Narby said every positive COVID case and hospitalization at this point has the medical community here in the Wiregrass and throughout the nation pleading with people to just get their shot.

“Sadden and dismayed by the fact that we are seeing a rise in hospitalization because of COVID when we have a way to prevent that,” Narby said.