According to the Alabama Hospital Association, hospitals in Alabama treated 2,047 patients for COVID-19 on Sunday. That is the first time since late January that the number of Alabama virus patients has surpassed 2,000.
According to Dr. Donald Williamson, president of the AHA, 28 of those patients were pediatric.
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The current number of patients represents an increase of more than 1,000% since July 3, when only 179 people were treated for the virus in state hospitals.
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“All I can say is that things are not going in the right direction at all,” Williamson said Friday in an interview with AL.com about the hospital situation in the state. “If you look at the curve and compare the curve of this peak with the curve of [previous spikes], frankly, it’s much more frightening.”
He said he believes it is only a matter of time before the state surpasses the previous record of 3,084 virus patients set on January 11 this year.
“I think we will probably surpass that record of 3,000 cases,” he said. “With the current shape of the curve, we’re going to cross it in August… What’s even more challenging is what happens next? What does 4.000 . mean [cases] looks like? What does 5,000 look like?”
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