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Southeast Health breaks another COVID-19 daily patient record, currently caring for 113

Hospitals in our viewing area shares current COVID-19 patient numbers
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 5:22 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - It may be a new year, but one of the biggest problems in 2020 hasn’t changed. Area hospitals are seeing increased cases of COVID-19

Southeast Health seeing record numbers each day.

The Alabama Department of Public Health released an updated COVID-19 risk indicator putting our viewing area at both moderate and high risk. Some Wiregrass hospitals are seeing an increase in covid patients daily.

“We are fighting a war against a silent and invisible enemy, and actually people like to say that hospital and healthcare workers are the frontline, but the actual frontline for this war in prevention is the people in the community and their behavior, their behavior matters,” Dr. George Narby, Southeast Health Chief Medical Officer, said.

Southeast Health broke yet another record Monday when it comes to the number of COVID-19 patients they are caring for. They reported having 113, that’s over one third of all beds at the hospital.

“Thanksgiving, Christmas and now New Years are clearly in my view and everyone’s view the reason that the case count is going up so dramatically,” Dr. Narby said. “Our case volume has increase 50 percent just since December 29th and there’s really no sign of this slowing down at this point.”

Dr. Narby encourages everyone to adhere to CDC guidelines to slow the spread of this virus.

“I can’t emphasize enough, the behavior people have today is important for themselves, their families, and this community and what they do today will definitely impact the availability of resources we have to fight this fight in two to three weeks,” Dr. Narby said.

As of Monday morning, Flowers Hospital is caring for 58 COVID-19 patients, Medical Center Enterprise has 23, Wiregrass Medical Center has seven and Dale Medical Center has reached capacity caring for 16 covid patients.

Some area patients have been taken to nearby hospitals in Florida for care. Those hospitals are also seeing close to capacity covid numbers, but managing.

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