Lt. Gov. Ainsworth criticizes state’s handling of COVID-19


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama’s Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth criticized the state’s lack of preparation for coronavirus.

In a letter to his fellow members of Gov. Ivey’s coronavirus task force, he outlined a number of concerns.

“We’re not looking to play, you know, flex blade right now; we’re looking to solve problems,” Ainsworth said. “I want to make sure that everybody in the task force knows that this is an urgent need, and we all need to work together to make sure we solve it.”

Ainsworth is also calling on the people of Alabama to help stop the spread and to take the virus seriously.

“There are already people out there that are infected, and we don’t even know yet,” he said. “But we got to do is make sure it quits spreading. If we can do that, then the curve will certainty flatten.”

He predicts that by May 1, Alabama will have more than 245,000 cases with more than 30,000 people hospitalized and more than 6,382 ICU patients.

“What I’m talking about in my letter is it takes time to get these additional facilities,” he said. “It’s gonna take time. It’s gonna take a plan. It’s gonna take a lot of coordination, and that’s what we’re working to make sure we get done.”

Ainsworth said he’s not blaming anyone, but it’s time to step up the state’s response.


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