(Updated) For 2nd week, Cullman Regional reports record COVID-19 hospitalizations

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Cullman Regional Hospital (January 2018 Cullman Tribune file photo)

Updated 11-12-20 with a statement on ventilator capacity at Cullman Regional: “We have 16 ventilators and several other machines that could be converted temporarily. Anticipating an increase in need this fall, we ordered additional ventilators this past spring,” said Cullman Regional Vice President, Marketing Lindsey Dossey.


CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Regional on Wednesday reported 42 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19. This is the second week in a row the hospital has reported record COVID hospitalizations. Eight of those 42 patients are reported to be on ventilators.

“We continue to see a significant increase in the number of patients hospitalized with COVID,” said Cullman Regional Vice President, Marketing Lindsey Dossey.

“With the continued increase of COVID-19 cases in Cullman County, we ask the community to please be vigilant in mask wearing and social distancing. Everyone should continue to follow precautions to prevent the spread of infection – wash hands, socially distance and wear a mask,” the hospital posted on social media.

Countywide, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), 43 new cases were confirmed Tuesday, with 2,579 cases confirmed across the county since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those, 805 were confirmed in just the last 14 days.

Statewide, the ADPH reported 1,368 new confirmed cases Tuesday, with 21,426 in the last 14 days.

It also reported a total of 1,171 patients currently hospitalized across the state.

Cullman Regional has reported 33 COVID deaths since the start of the pandemic, with 26 of those patients being residents of Cullman County.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 COVID-19 update from the Alabama Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard

Total confirmed cases in AL: 176,355 (+1,368 since yesterday)

Probable cases in AL: 32,282 (+702 since yesterday)

Total confirmed deaths in AL*: 2,958 (+68 since yesterday)

Probable deaths in AL*: 243

Total confirmed cases in Cullman Co.: 2,579 (+43 since yesterday)

Probable cases in Cullman Co.: 819 (+27 since yesterday)

Total confirmed deaths in Cullman Co.*: 23 (+1 since yesterday)

Probable deaths in Cullman Co.*: 7

Total tested in Cullman Co.: 22,161

Total tested in the last 14 days in Cullman Co.: 2,165

Cases in the last 14 days in Cullman Co.: 805

Total tested in Alabama: 1,421,590

Cases in the last 14 days in Alabama: 21,426

Total tested in the last 14 days in Alabama: 101,763

Currently hospitalized in Alabama: 1,171

Cumulative no. of hospitalizations in Alabama: 21,886

Presumed recoveries in Alabama (reported weekly): 84,471

See more details at https://bit.ly/2VjCQbP.

* ADPH: Important Notice 11/11/20

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) recently began a review process for a large number of deaths from our Alabama Center for Health Statistics (ACHS). This may result in additional death numbers which are historic and do not reflect recent mortality due to COVID-19. For instance, at least half the deaths reported on the Data Dashboard for 11/11 are from review of this historic data. More deaths may be added in the coming days as ADPH continues its review.

Reviewing data is a standard process for ADPH in COVID-19, as well as other notifiable diseases. As part of the process for reporting deaths, each death is reviewed as records are received and investigations are opened. There may be delays in death reporting due to receiving information from hospitals, coroners, and other entities who send records to ADPH.

Upon further investigation, some deaths may be removed from the data count, as there may be duplicate records, deaths that were reported as COVID-19 but are found not to be attributable to this virus, or in rare instances, a death may be reported and the person is not deceased.

ADPH strives to present the most accurate data reflective of the current state of the pandemic in Alabama.

 

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