Update: COVID Hospitalizations in Alabama, Blood Shortage

According the Dr. Don Williamson, CEO of the Alabama Hospital Association, as of Wednesday there were only about 5 1/2% of ICU beds available statewide. As the Omicron variant continues to spread, hospitals are now seeing a staff shortage along with ICU beds. “In parts of the state, we actually had more patients needing ICU care than we had available…

Expert: Low COVID Vaccination Rate Puts Alabama at Risk

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s low vaccination rate makes the state vulnerable to an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, an infectious disease expert warned Wednesday. Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Infectious Diseases, said “hospitalization rates are increasing exactly as we saw before” in regions of the country with low vaccination rates….