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Huntsville Hospital CEO: Coronavirus numbers continue to trend downward

Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers said during a news conference on Monday that numbers are continuing to go down slightly.

Posted: Aug 17, 2020 11:59 AM
Updated: Aug 17, 2020 12:49 PM

UPDATE: Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers said during a news conference on Monday that numbers are continuing to go down slightly.

There are 165 people hospitalized in the region with coronavirus. That’s two less inpatients with coronavirus than last Wednesday.

In Madison County’s Huntsville Hospital facilities, there are 92 inpatients with coronavirus, with 24 in ICUs and 19 on ventilators. There are 11 inpatients with coronavirus in Crestwood Medical Center.

Spillers said there are a couple of areas in the region where the number of inpatients is up slightly. He referred to Decatur Morgan Hospital where there are 22 inpatients with coronavirus, and Helen Keller Hospital where there are 20 inpatients with coronavirus.

Spillers also said the number of tests being performed and the percentage of people testing positive continue to fall. He said he’s optimistic about where we’re heading.

Huntsville Hospital will not hold remote coronavirus testing clinics this week, but the fever and flu clinic on Governors Drive will be open. Spillers said if demand goes back up, they will re-initiate those sites.

Right now, Huntsville Hospital has 85 employees out for coronavirus-related reasons, Spillers said.

Spillers and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle urged people to be careful going into Labor Day weekend and continue to take safety measures.

Battle said we’re doing all the right steps and we need to continue this.

FROM EARLIER:

Officials are holding a news conference about coronavirus Monday afternoon in Huntsville.

At noon, we expect to hear from Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

Stay with WAAY 31 on air and online for updates.

You can find more coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.

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