HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Huntsville and Madison county leaders issued a COVID-19 update on Saturday from Huntsville City Hall.
Jeff Birdwell, Huntsville-Madison EMA Director, confirmed at this time Madison county has 61 cases of coronavirus.
David Spillers, CEO of Huntsville Hospital, is prepared for a significant increase in patients if it comes to that.
“We have been able to identify a number of new beds if the rise happens” said Spillers. “COVID-19 patients use about 10 times the resources of a normal patient.”
“Elective procedures have been eliminated at this time. We do have over 500 patients in Madison county hospitals and only five of them are COVID-19 patients.”
“Our staff has been great. It is impressive to be a part of team that is doing what they are doing.”
“We as a community can prevent this from spreading. Continue to social distancing at this time.”
“Our numbers may differ from the ADPH website. This is due to the speed of reporting.”
“The John Hunt Park drive-up clinic won’t be open on Monday. We are waiting on more testing supplies to arrive. When they do, we will re-open.”
Dale Strong, Madison County Commission Chairman, believes the daily conferences have been a success.
“Less than 30% of the Redstone Arsenal staff was on campus on Friday” said Strong. “The next 14 days are critical. Sanitize and separate.”
“We have one mission. To protect the residents of this area.”
“Madison county continues to operate vital businesses” said Strong. “We are serving the community the best we can online.”
Dr. Karen Sheppard, Huntsville Animal Services Director, updated the latest on animals and animal care in north Alabama.
“We are doing well at Huntsville Animal Service” said Sheppard. “We normally operate at a census of 100 pets. At this time, we are only operating with 14.”
“We are looking to get the other 14 pets adopted or fostered at this time.”
“We are meeting people outside and explaining the need for social distancing.”
“We are discouraging small children from visiting at this time.”
View the full update in the above video.
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