Decatur Morgan Hospital’s COVID-19 death rate continues to rise

Inpatient numbers fall but only because deaths are still an issue
Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:26 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - You may think the lower number of people with COVID-19 in the hospital is a good thing.

That is not the case is Morgan county.

Decatur Morgan Hospital President Kelli Powers says the decrease in numbers is not because there are patients being released, but because there are patients who will not get to go home at all.

Powers also says she doesn’t expect things to slow down at the hospital anytime soon.

“I’m happy to announce that numbers are down some, not happy that it’s due to a lot of deaths,” Powers said.

The COVID-19 death rate is up at Decatur Morgan Hospital. Because of that, inpatient numbers are down.

There are 79 patients in the hospital. 12 are in ICU and 9 are on ventilators.

Right now, Morgan County has the 5th highest positivity rate in the state of Alabama. Three in 5 people who get tested, are COVID positive.

Alabama Department of Public Health Administrator Michael Glenn and Powers are worried about the weeks to come.

“January is gonna be a very probably difficult time for hospital systems and for public health as well,” Glenn said.

The biggest concern - not enough resources. Powers says she is worried about the ICU filling up beyond what they can handle.

“That’s my biggest fear is that we have patients that need ventilators or medication and we just don’t have any,” Powers said.

In the meantime, Powers says they are trying to get all healthcare workers vaccinated by the end of January.

Glenn says people need to continue to follow health guidelines in order to keep these numbers under control.

Glenn urges the public to stay home if you get tested or suspect you have the virus and to quarantine until you get the results.

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