Covid Hospitalizations Drop in North Alabama


Georgia White, Writer

In December of last year, Coronavirus cases in Alabama were at an all-time high. According to the Alabama Department of Health, Madison Country averaged almost 270 new Coronavirus cases every day. However, the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations in north Alabama are declining, leaving health officials urging Alabama communities to continue to lower the curve. 

In a recent article from titled, “COVID hospitalizations see dramatic drop in north Alabama,” reporter Paul Gattis explained hospitalizations due to Covid-19 are drastically decreasing in north Alabama hospitals. Gattis stated, “In the Huntsville Hospital Healthcare System…, COVID-related hospitalizations have dropped more than 24 percent since its peak on Jan. 4.” 

Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers shared his observation of Covid hospitalizations by saying, “The numbers today look a lot better than they have in a while.” Although hospitalizations have decreased in communities around north Alabama, ICU’s remain overloaded in many hospitals. “The hospital’s intensive care unit is still full – occupied by both COVID and non-COVID patients,” said Decatur Morgan Hospital President Kelli Powers.

For hospitalizations due to Covid-19 to remain manageable, the north Alabama community must continue to follow Alabama Department of Health and CDC guidelines. “The trend line is good,” Spillers said. “We need for that to continue. No time for people to quit social distancing and sanitizing and wearing your mask.”