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EAMC sees one-day dip in hospitalizations, still expecting increase

After reaching a peak of 72 hospitalizations on Aug. 18, both locations of the East Alabama Medical Center have since seen a decrease to a total of 69, according to a press release from East Alabama Health. The peak of 72 is greater than peaks seen in April and July, but falls short of the 92-patient peak in January. There continues to be eight patients on ventilators.

Of the 69 hospitalized, 54 were unvaccinated, 11 were fully vaccinated and 4 were partially vaccinated.

“As Dr. Maldonado mentioned, we do expect COVID hospitalizations to continue an overall upward trend over the next few weeks,” said EAH spokesperson John Atkinson. “This would appear to just be a one-day decrease, but any day that isn’t an increase is welcomed.”

Across the state, there are now 2,744 COVID-19 hospitalizations, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health and Alabama Hospital Association. Of the hospitalizations, 50 are pediatric patients, with nine of them on ventilators. 794 of the admitted patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, with 497 of them on ventilators.

The ADPH reports that despite making up three percent of the population, immunocompromised people make up between 40 and 44 percent of hospitalizations. People with a weakened immune system are now recommended to receive a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine to prevent serious or life-threatening COVID-19.

Charlie Ramo | Content Editor

Charlie Ramo, junior in aerospace engineering, is the content editor of The Auburn Plainsman.


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