Increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations in Coffee County ‘very concerning’, official says


ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Since Thanksgiving, COVID-19 cases have been going up in Coffee County.

According to Mayor William Cooper of Enterprise, Medical Center Enterprise is running out of room.

“My understanding is that they have opened up the fourth floor in order to try to take care of those patients with the virus as well as the normal hospital attendants,” Cooper said.

According to Coffee County EMA Director James Brown, there have been 602 cases in the past two weeks. Out of those, 10 percent have gone to the hospital, and one percent have died.

“So with that, we figure about 10 percent; we’re gonna need about 62 beds in the next couple weeks,” Coffee County EMA Director James Brown said. “So that is very concerning.”

So what happens if the hospitals fill? Will there be sites built to take more patients? According to Brown, hospitals can expand under what they call crisis standards of care.

“You may see hospitals around the area that have to expand within there and use cafeterias, waiting rooms, conference rooms in order to put people in,” Brown said.

Cooper wants everyone in Enterprise to be safe.

“I would just like to say let us be careful at what we’re doing and wear the masks, and let’s try to protect each other,” he said.

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