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Doctor Scott Harris, Alabama’s State Health Officer, poses for a portrait in his office on June 29, 2021, in Montgomery, Alabama. – A black minority suspicious of vaccines in general, and conservative white rural people convinced that the vaccine is more dangerous than Covid-19: Alabama and several southern states in the United States have among the lowest vaccination rates, making this deprived region an Achilles heel in the face of the coronavirus. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage / AFP) (Photo by ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/AFP via Getty Images)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) – Dr. Scott Harris, Alabama’s Chief Medical Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health provided new information about a federal team, expected to arrive in the Wiregrass on Saturday, to help with the rising surge in hospitalizations in the area.

At a news conference Friday morning, Dr. Harris said a medical team will arrive in Houston County on Saturday. The federal health and medical task force will consist of about twenty team members. The group will include approximately four physicians, fourteen nurses, and two respiratory technicians. 

The team is part of active Department of Defense troops from the United States Air Force. The group is expected to be in the Wiregrass for around two weeks, but could remain longer, if approved by federal authorities. 

A Health and Human Services assessment team is also expected to visit Dale Medical Center to determine what resources could be made available at that facility.  

Speaking to Alabamians at the news conference, Dr. Harris made it clear the state is facing a crisis situation with COVID-19.

“You’re the person who can make a difference,” Dr. Harris said. “You need to be responsible for your behavior.  You need to do what it takes to not continue this situation.” 

On Thursday, 2,879 patients were in Alabama hospitals suffering from COVID-19.  

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