As Alabama Reopens, Its Hospitals Are Running Out of ICU Beds

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At a Thursday press convention, Steven Reed, the mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, mentioned his metropolis’s hospitals have run out of beds of their Intensive Care Units, the place coronavirus sufferers are usually handled.

The lack of beds is partly attributable to sufferers driving in from rural areas that lack hospitals.

“Many people in Montgomery hospitals are not from Montgomery,” Reed mentioned. “They’re suffering because they don’t have the rural health care system in place that they need.”

Montgomery metropolis well being officers are instructing sick individuals to try to achieve admittance into the hospitals of Birmingham, the state’s second-largest metropolis, greater than 100 miles southeast.

Reed’s feedback come simply because the state skilled its second-highest ever day of newly confirmed COVID-19 instances on May 21. “A third of the state’s total overall cases have occurred just in the last two weeks,” in keeping with WBHM reporter Janae Pierre. Also this week, two of the state’s largest excessive colleges held commencement ceremonies at a baseball stadium.

At the press convention, Reed suggested metropolis residents to proceed carrying face masks in public and to proceed observing social distancing habits regardless of the reopening. He additionally steered that he might implement municipal restrictions to sluggish the epidemic if case numbers proceed to extend.

“We don’t want to lose anyone—any life—because we don’t have the resources to treat them in this community,” Reed mentioned.

Newsweek reached out to Reed’s workplace for additional info. This story will probably be up to date with any response.

As Alabama Reopens, Its Hospitals Are Running Out of ICU Beds
A “prone team,” carrying private protecting gear (PPE), prepares to show a COVID-19 affected person onto his abdomen in a Stamford Hospital intensive care unit (ICU), on April 24, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. The civilian/navy group, made up of bodily and occupational therapists turns over COVID-19 sufferers to assist their labored respiration and improve lung capability. Stamford Hospital, like many throughout the US, opened extra ICUs and have been augmented by navy medical personnel to take care of the heavy affected person load. Stamford, with it is shut proximity to New York City, has the very best variety of coronavirus sufferers in Connecticut. John Moore/Getty

The state’s gradual reopening has progressed within the two weeks following the April 30 expiration of Governor Kay Ivey’s April four stay-at-home order.

On April 28, Ivey unveiled the “Proceeding With Caution” plan for reopening the state. It inspired residents to remain at dwelling from April 30 to May 15, and allowed some beforehand shuttered “non-essential businesses” to renew operations in compliance with extra sanitation and bodily distancing measures.

So far, the state has reopened its seashores, casinos, bingo halls, museums, zoos and amusement parks. although gatherings of 10 or extra individuals stay prohibited. Restaurants are nonetheless forbidden from internet hosting dine-in providers and all hair and nail salons, night time golf equipment, theaters, bowling alleys and health facilities have remained closed.

On Thursday May 21, Alabama skilled its second-highest day of newly confirmed coronavirus instances at 420. The first highest day was on May 7 with 514 new instances.

While the excessive quantity is probably going as a result of elevated testing, as of May 22, the state had a complete of 13,103 confirmed coronavirus instances and 539 associated deaths, rating it as 24th U.S. state with the very best variety of instances general.

The graphics beneath, offered by Statista, illustrates the distribution of COVID-19 instances within the U.S. and the states with probably the most COVID-19 instances as of May 22 at 6 a.m.

As Alabama Reopens, Its Hospitals Are Running Out of ICU Beds
The U.S. states with probably the most COVID-19 instances. STATISTA
As Alabama Reopens, Its Hospitals Are Running Out of ICU Beds
Statista graphic on COVID-19 instances in U.S.