Coffee Co. EMA Director concerned with increasing “positive” Covid-19 cases

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Enterprise, Ala. (WDHN)—Coffee County Emergency Management Director James Brown says the covid numbers continue to
rise across the Southeast District of Alabama.

Brown’s main concern is a possible shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers.

Coffee County EMA Director James Brown brought “sobering” news to Monday’s commission meeting.
Within the last two weeks, the number of individuals testing “positive” for the Coronavirus has gone up considerably.
Although Brown says there does not appear to be a shortage of area hospital ICU beds.

Mike Gurspan says “Brown feels it’s not only ICU beds but also personnel. They’re stretched thin. A number have contracted the virus themselves.”

“One of the things as this goes is our staffing for our hospitals. As our numbers go up in the hospitals, it also goes up for our hospital staff. The main thing is having enough staff in our hospitals, that is our main thing,” according to Brown.

Medical Center Enterprise is a 131-bed facility which has seven intensive care unit spaces. Although the number of
Covid-19 cases “escalate”, a hospital spokesperson says there’s been adequate space and staff. Lisa Fenner says “If there’s a shortage,
MCE would work with its corporate partner Flowers Hospital to remedy any possible shortages.

Our sister hospital, Flowers Hospital we work very closely with them and transporting patients back and forth and making sure every patient is cared for
timely whether here or Flowers, and if we need to we will reach out to a number of other hospitals in the area to make sure everyone has a bed.”

Brown says even if a vaccine distribution begins next month. It could be the Spring of 2021 before residents of the wiregrass
begin to see it administered in our section of the state.

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