September was one of the deadliest months, according to officials

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 9:17 AM CDT
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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - City and health leaders in Decatur held what will be the city’s last COVID-19 update for a while, according to Mayor Tab Bowling.

Bowling was joined by the president of Decatur-Morgan Hospital, Kelli Powers and Judy Smith with the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Powers said that the hospital has 16 people in the ICU, all of whom are on ventilators. None of those patients were vaccinated. When asked about the survivability after someone is put on a ventilator, Powers said most people who are vented don’t survive.

She also said that many are still not coming in for regular treatment and with October being breast cancer awareness month, regular checkups are important.

Smith spoke about monoclonal antibody treatment supply and said north Alabama has a good amount still left thanks to the help of legislators. She also said that many people are worried about the COVID-19 vaccine due to its emergency use authorization but Smith said that the monoclonal antibody treatment also has emergency use. The Pfizer vaccine was given the FDA’s full approval in August while the antibody treatment has not yet.

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