Montgomery leaders discuss ICU bed shortage caused by pandemic

Montgomery leaders talk ICU bed shortage

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery city leaders discussed the shortage of intensive care unit beds at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The shortage is due to the continued growth in the number of coronavirus cases in the area.

“We have an ICU shortage. That means that it is someone, whether they have COVID-19 or not, who’s not been able to get that bed, and that puts them in danger. So it’s not just a matter of people who had COVID-19 feel like they’re indestructible or they can recover,” said Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed. “It’s a domino effect that is having on our health care system.”

City leaders are calling on citizens to be more vigilant when it comes to the coronavirus, saying they aren’t seeing the improvements they would like.

Officials say they have few available ICU beds in this area, and more people are being tested and testing positive.

“So that impacts people as far away as Evergreen. As far away even as parts of Macon County, Bullock County and certainly going into the Black Belt,” said Reed.

Tuesday, Baptist Health confirmed it had 88 total inpatients with COVID-19 at Baptist East, Baptist South and Prattville Baptist Hospital.

According to Baptist, 52 of its 88 ventilators were in use as of Tuesday. That number includes all diagnoses, not just COVID-19 patients.

Reed has called a news conference for Wednesday morning at 11 to discuss the virus.

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