COVID-19 numbers at all time high in Lauderdale, Colbert county going into the new year

Lauderdale County listed as high risk for COVID-19

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WAFF) - New data from the Alabama Department of Public Health lists Lauderdale County at high risk for COVID-19 cases.

11,000 cases have been reported countywide in the last two weeks. That’s in addition to over 600 cases from neighboring Colbert County.

Although the end of 2020 is here, Kyle Buchanan said that isn’t the case for COVID-19

He said his staff is seeing higher numbers than ever before.

He said the hospital is averaging 50 plus COVID patients this week. Numbers have never been that high at Helen Keller.

Even more concerning, 31 patients are in Intensive Care Units, which is another record high for the hospital.

Buchanan said the cases are most likely linked to Thanksgiving gatherings. He warns the aftermath of Christmas celebrations is still to come.

He is asking everyone in the Shoals to exercise caution this holiday weekend.

”Our message is to be very careful. We’re seeing everyday individuals who enter our ER who say we didn’t think it was this serious. We let our guard down and now I have a loved one in the ICU. We don’t want that to happen to any of our families in our community,” said Buchanan.

Buchanan also said his staff is continuing to push out vaccines for frontline workers, but adds it will be months before the vaccine can have any impact on overall case numbers.

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