WIREGRASS, Ala. (WDHN) — In the month of July alone, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alabama increased sevenfold, from a little more than 200 to now more than 1,400 cases.

Coffee County EMA Director James Brown says not all hospitals in the Wiregrass are providing updated COVID hospitalization numbers. He did say some area ambulance crews are having to send patients to medical facilities out-of-state.

Brown says the current situation is approaching the dark days from last January when more than 3,000 patients were hospitalized statewide.

“Where the EMS has to take people to different hospitals because hospitals are filling up,” Brown said. “So it’s something we are watching for and keeping an eye on.”

Brown says the Alabama Department of Public Health will closely monitor any student COVID cases with the start of the new school year.

In Dothan, hospitalizations due to the COVID-19 surge over the weekend caused Flowers Hospital beds to fill up quickly.

On Monday, a reported 35 COVID-19 cases were disclosed for Flowers Hospital.

On the other side of Dothan, Southeast Health saw an increase since the weekend with 69 cases on Monday. Southeast health also reports that 90 percent of its COVID hospitalizations are unvaccinated patients.