Helen Keller Hospital sees more coronavirus hospitalizations in younger people

The hospital currently has nine patients in the hospital with coronavirus. Two of them are on a ventilator.

Posted: Jun 26, 2020 8:35 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2020 10:25 PM

Helen Keller Hospital said it’s seeing more young people hospitalized by the cornonavirus.

Hospital officials said currently there are nine patients in the hospital due to coronavirus. Most of them are younger than 60, which is a big change compared to when coronavirus first hit North Alabama, according to Helen Keller Hospital officials.

"We are still concerned going from two patients a couple of weeks ago to 9 as of today," said Helen Keller Hospital President Kyle Buchanan.

Buchanan said there are still beds available if more coronavirus patients need to be hospitalized.

"We have capacity to care for more if they come in and are preparing to be able to do three times that amount if we need to," said Buchanan.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, 42 percent of cases are people between the ages of 25-49.

"We're thinking we're seeing a correlation to the amount of activity out in the community is that it's spreading among younger people now when initially we saw older people effected we're seeing young people effected today," said Buchanan.

Buchanan also stressed wearing a mask if you can’t be at least six feet away from people around you. He said masks are important for people who are asymptomatic or have coronavirus and don’t know it.

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