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Huntsville Hospital CEO: Number of coronavirus patients hospitalized is 'down substantially'

Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers said systemwide numbers of hospitalized patients with coronavirus are down substantially from last week.

Posted: Aug 12, 2020 11:59 AM
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 1:59 PM

UPDATE: Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers said systemwide numbers of hospitalized patients with coronavirus are down substantially from last week.

Systemwide, 167 patients with coronavirus are hospitalized, which is down 35 from last week. Sixty of these patients are in ICUs and 31 are on ventilators.

In Madison County, 97 patients with coronavirus are hospitalized, which is down 12 from last week. There are thirty-one in ICUs.

At Crestwood Medical Center, there are 12 inpatients with coronavirus with four in the ICU and two on ventilators.

The system is seeing reductions of inpatients with coronavirus in Decatur Morgan Hospital, Marshall Medical Centers and Helen Keller Hospital.

The number of patients with coronavirus hospitalized in Athens Limestone Hospital has increased. There are 17, which Spillers said is a lot for a hospital of that size.

Spillers said the positive news things is that things are trending in the right direction. He said we need the number of inpatients with coronavirus to continue to fall, and below 60 would probably be a manageable number.

Spillers also said the 7-day rolling average of positive coronavirus cases is down.

“Clearly masking has had a pretty good impact,” he said during the news conference on Wednesday.

Spillers said locally, the demand for testing is down, and there’s been a 4-week trend of testing going down. He did say he’s worried that could be skewed with people going back to school. He also said he’s worried about Labor Day and said every time there’s been a holiday, numbers have gone up two weeks afterward.

Huntsville Hospital is hoping to start doing elective procedures that were delayed.

Spillers said they will continue to do community testing, but he’s not sure it will be scheduled for next week since demand is down.

Right now, Huntsville Hospital has 119 employees out for coronavirus-related reasons, which is down from last week.

Madison Mayor Paul Finley said in two days, state and local numbers have gone down. He said we can’t let up and need to continue to follow measures.

Finley also stressed keeping small businesses and hiring going. He encouraged people to eat out, participate in the census and support local school districts navigating the pandemic.

The next news conference is scheduled for Friday at noon.

FROM EARLIER:

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

At noon, we expect to hear from Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers and Madison Mayor Paul Finley.

You can find more coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.

Stay with WAAY 31 on air and online for updates.

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