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Lt. Gov. says he's catching heat after criticizing Alabama’s handling of coronavirus crisis

Ainsworth sent Governor Ivey's coronavirus task force a letter where he spoke on the urgency of getting a plan in place.

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 4:32 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 8:38 PM

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth went against his boss, Gov. Kay Ivey, and criticized how the state is handling the coronavirus pandemic.

Ainsworth sent a letter/email to Ivey's coronavirus task force and praised Dr. Scott Harris with the Alabama Department of Public Health but said Ivey's coronavirus task force and "The state are not taking a realistic view of the numbers or adequately preparing for what awaits us".

WAAY31 reached out to Ainsworth on Thursday and spoke with him via phone. He said he felt like he's doing the right thing by calling out the states shortcomings on the virus. Ainsworth said people aren't taking this issue seriously.

"We've got to get everybody on the same page that this is a serious crisis and everybody needs to social distance and treat this serious," said Ainsworth.

Ainsworth said over the phone he didn't feel like the governor's task force is planning for a worst-case scenario, i.e. hospitals overflowing with patients.

"The task force is working on a plan and I didn't feel like the timeline and urgency was being pushed enough and that's why I sent the letter to the task force," said Ainsworth.

Ainsworth said he doesn't think the state is doing enough to prepare heatlhcare systems for the amount of coronavirus patients or giving nurses and doctors enough protective gear. He said he's heard from nurses and doctors who are worried, and speaks with them daily.

"They are concerned that we have this tsunami of patients coming and we've got to get properly prepared," said Ainsworth.

The CDC and health experts have stated numerous times that staying home is the way to stop the spread of the virus. WAAY31 asked Ainsworth if the governor should issue a shelter in place order he said, "That's really up to Dr. Harris and that's kind of his role and I trust the professionals in the state that are advising him. If he thinks that's something we need I'd certainly support it."

WAAY 31 also asked Ainsworth if he thought the governor was doing everything she could in handling this proactively. He wouldn't answer that question outright and instead said he's trying to educate people on the seriousness of this.

Ainsworth did say Ivey should ask the president for more protective supplies from the federal supply. He told WAAY31 his office will release more information on what the state can improve it's fight against the coronavirus in the next few days, he's consulting with the former head of the public health department on an improved plan.

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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 49892

Reported Deaths: 1077
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson6433170
Mobile4753139
Montgomery4430112
Tuscaloosa263253
Madison21199
Marshall192611
Shelby164225
Lee157237
Morgan12695
Baldwin120711
Walker106131
Elmore102920
Dallas9969
Etowah95114
DeKalb9417
Franklin93216
Autauga67614
Russell6750
Chambers67427
Unassigned65328
Butler65129
Tallapoosa62869
Limestone6223
Houston5857
Cullman5716
Lauderdale5686
St. Clair5133
Colbert4956
Calhoun4905
Lowndes48122
Escambia4808
Pike4725
Coffee4244
Jackson4182
Covington41412
Barbour3942
Dale3911
Talladega3897
Bullock37710
Marengo35211
Hale34823
Chilton3232
Clarke3126
Wilcox3038
Blount2961
Winston2965
Sumter29113
Marion27514
Pickens2696
Randolph2589
Monroe2553
Perry2362
Conecuh2308
Bibb2211
Macon2159
Choctaw21212
Greene1959
Henry1533
Washington1418
Crenshaw1273
Lawrence1250
Cherokee1237
Geneva960
Lamar871
Clay852
Fayette821
Coosa651
Cleburne421
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 61006

Reported Deaths: 738
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby13423223
Davidson13162143
Rutherford352539
Hamilton330538
Sumner189756
Williamson170816
Knox15919
Trousdale15085
Out of TN138410
Wilson114817
Putnam10117
Bradley9594
Robertson92413
Sevier9153
Unassigned9102
Montgomery7327
Lake6970
Tipton6967
Bledsoe6291
Bedford6239
Macon5977
Hamblen4724
Maury4543
Hardeman4114
Fayette3685
Madison3522
Blount3403
Loudon3322
Rhea3150
Dyer2913
McMinn27619
Cheatham2693
Washington2610
Dickson2580
Lawrence2326
Cumberland2134
Sullivan2104
Anderson1952
Jefferson1821
Lauderdale1804
Gibson1771
Monroe1556
Greene1512
Smith1502
Coffee1410
Cocke1360
Hardin1257
Warren1230
Obion1192
Haywood1183
Franklin1163
Marshall1152
Wayne1150
Carter1031
Giles1031
Hickman1030
McNairy1011
Marion944
Hawkins862
Lincoln860
DeKalb850
White853
Roane810
Overton721
Henderson710
Weakley701
Campbell691
Claiborne680
Grundy652
Chester630
Unicoi590
Grainger560
Polk550
Carroll521
Crockett523
Henry510
Cannon490
Sequatchie490
Jackson470
Johnson460
Humphreys392
Meigs380
Perry370
Morgan311
Decatur270
Fentress260
Scott260
Stewart260
Union250
Moore210
Clay200
Houston200
Benton151
Hancock110
Lewis110
Van Buren90
Pickett70

 

 

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