Alabama councilman, 19, hospitalized with covid after opposing mask mandate: ‘Terrible not to be able to breathe’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Alabama councilman, 19, hospitalized with covid after opposing mask mandate: ‘Terrible not to be able to breathe’. “A teenage city council member in Decatur, Ala., who voted in April to end his city’s mask mandate landed in the hospital with the coronavirus Wednesday night after developing pneumonia and struggling to breathe. ‘I am still shallow in breathing but my oxygen remains okay for now!’ 19-year-old Hunter Pepper, who in August 2020 became the youngest person ever elected to the Decatur City Council, said on Facebook Thursday. ‘Confirming last night after a ‘CT-Scan’ I am now shown to have “Covid Pneumonia” which is absolutely terrible.’”

‘Now’s not the time to have a heart attack’: South Alabama hospital welcomes federal staffing aid (Montgomery Advertiser)

Montgomery Advertiser: ‘Now’s not the time to have a heart attack’: South Alabama hospital welcomes federal staffing aid. “Hospitals in the southeast Alabama region are currently caring for 25 more patients than they have staffed ICU beds, [Dale Medical Center CEO Vernon] Johnson said on Thursday. However, a U.S. Navy medical unit arrived in Ozark this week in hopes of alleviating this burden. The unit is composed of 14 nurses, four medical providers and two respiratory therapists who will work among the Dale Medical Center staff.”

Alabama Political Reporter: Alabama schools likely added more than 10,000 COVID cases this week

Alabama Political Reporter: Alabama schools likely added more than 10,000 COVID cases this week. “Alabama State Superintendent Eric Mackey said Thursday that the state’s K-12 schools will likely see “well over 10,000” new COVID-19 cases among students and staff this week. Mackey said the most cases in a week that Alabama schools recorded last school year was under 4,000.”

AL: COVID-overwhelmed Alabama hospitals might have to decide ‘who gets to live and who dies’

AL: COVID-overwhelmed Alabama hospitals might have to decide ‘who gets to live and who dies’. “The numbers are grim. Until this month, more than 100 COVID cases in a single day among Morgan County residents had not been reported since Jan. 8. Over the last two weeks, the 100-per-day mark has been exceeded six times and over the last week an average of 98 Morgan residents have tested positive per day. An average of 58 Limestone County residents have tested positive per day over the last week, and an average of 16 per day in Lawrence County.”

AL: Alabama hospital out of ICU beds has chilling message: ‘You’re not going to get off the ventilator’

AL: Alabama hospital out of ICU beds has chilling message: ‘You’re not going to get off the ventilator’. “Out of intensive care beds due to an influx of COVID patients, Decatur Morgan Hospital is setting up makeshift ICU spaces in its emergency room. ‘We have no ICU beds,’ CEO Kelli Powers said Monday, and nine people who would normally be in ICU rooms are being held in the emergency room.”

Space for the dead: Temporary morgues sent to two south Alabama counties for COVID deaths (AL)

AL: Space for the dead: Temporary morgues sent to two south Alabama counties for COVID deaths. “Two morgue trailers have been moved into Mobile and Baldwin counties in anticipation of a rise in deaths from COVID-19. A portable mobile morgue has been placed at the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Mobile, and a refrigerated trailer was placed at the South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, according to Ryan Easterling, a spokesman with the Alabama Department of Public Health.”

Washington Post: ‘I’m begging you. … Take that shot.’

Washington Post: ‘I’m begging you. … Take that shot.’. “Even at the most urgent of moments, it was the most ordinary of questions because of what the doctor understood: that if Alabama had any chance of turning things around at this point, it was no longer a matter of what Dr. Fauci said on CNN, or what some celebrity posted on Twitter but rather what was about to happen now, a delicate conversation between a doctor and a patient, the vaccines in a cooler down the hall just in case. Between [Dr. Lacy] Smith and two colleagues, there were 10 unvaccinated people on the schedule this day, and the first was Potts.”

AL: Federal team coming to Alabama to help Baldwin County hospital swamped by COVID-19

AL: Federal team coming to Alabama to help Baldwin County hospital swamped by COVID-19. “Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris announced that today at his weekly briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic. The team from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be deployed at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Harris said. The hospital had an occupancy rate of 190% in its ICU as of Aug. 12.”