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Alabama Is Running Out of ICU Beds For COVID PatientsWochit Postables
According to Gizmodo, Alabama is running out of ICU beds for coronavirus patients. A Johns Hopkins University tracker reports that there are 13,414 cases of coronavirus and 529 deaths in Alabama. This is a rise in cases from a total of 9,385 cases and 383 deaths two weeks ago. Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, continues to lift restrictions put in place in April, to slow the spread of coronavirus. At a press conference on Thursday, Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said “Right now, if you are from Montgomery and you need an ICU bed, you are in trouble.” COVID patients in Montgomery have to go to Birmingham where there are still some ICU beds available. Part of the capacity challenge is that Montgomery is being overwhelmed with patients from rural parts of Alabama where ICU beds don’t exist.