COVID Hospitalizations 1-11

The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 at East Alabama Medical Center and EAMC-Lanier continued to quickly increase over the past week as East Alabama Health updated its policy to require medical-grade masks for all staff, patients and visitors. 

"Everyone entering East Alabama Medical Center, EAMC-Lanier and all offices and services related to East Alabama Health must now wear a well-fitted, medical grade mask that snugly covers the nose and mouth," stated a press release from EAH. "Masks will be available at all entrances for those who arrive with a cloth mask."

As of Tuesday morning, 63 patients were hospitalized at EAMC and EAMC-Lanier, a total surpassing the hospital's early-pandemic peak of 62 during July 2020. The number of patients on ventilators also increased this week to six, compared to eight in July 2020. These numbers are still well below the overall pandemic peak reached during the wave of the Delta variant over the summer, when EAH saw hospitalizations climb briefly over 90. 

EAH said the positivity rate has also skyrocketed, with 147 of 341 patients tested over the weekend testing positive for a 43 percent positivity rate. That number doesn't include those tested in EAH's three emergency departments, which saw a 44 percent positivity rate among the patients tested.

"Everyone entering East Alabama Medical Center, EAMC-Lanier and all offices and services related to East Alabama Health must now wear a well-fitted, medical grade mask that snugly covers the nose and mouth," stated a news release from EAH. "Masks will be available at all entrances for those who arrive with a cloth mask."

East Alabama Health also made a plea to the public not to use any of its three emergency departments for routine Covid-19 testing. 

"There’s certainly a need for people who have Covid symptoms that are severe and may require hospitalization to come to the ED,” said John Atkinson, East Alabama Health spokesman, in a news release last Thursday. “But we ask that people whose symptoms are mild to please seek testing at alternate locations so that patients in need of emergent care are seen without delay. When the Emergency Departments get clogged with non-emergent needs, it creates longer than necessary wait times for everyone.”

EAH is partnering with ADPH and the Lee County Emergency Management Agency to offer drive-through Covid-19 testing. Testing will take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. Appointments can be made by calling 334-528-4968 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. Appointments are scheduled one day in advance of each testing day.

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