AUBURN HILLS, Ala.
— The number of Alabama hospitals getting ready to reopen after a major coronavirus pandemic has nearly doubled in the past two months.
The Alabama Department of Health said Monday it has received nearly 6,000 new calls from people who have been sickened by the coronaviruses that began to emerge late last year in the U.S. and Europe.
It’s about 4,000 more than it had been a year earlier.
The department said the coronaves are affecting all kinds of facilities and that hospitals are responding.
That includes the Alabama Hospital and Health System, which has seen a 50 percent increase in calls.
In some counties, like Alabama’s Montgomery and Montgomery County, that’s been the case, too.
The state Health Department said it is still assessing the scope of the pandemic.
“There are a lot of folks in those counties that are going to need medical care and care is going to be limited, especially in areas that have experienced a lot,” said Dr. Thomas Burdick, director of the Alabama Health Department’s division of infectious diseases.
The state health department said more than 4,500 people have been diagnosed with coronaviral diseases in Alabama since March.
That’s more than double the number of new coronavirets that were reported statewide.
The coronavides were primarily spread by aerosolized droplets of the coronovirus.
In some areas, such as Alabama’s rural counties, they also spread via the air from people traveling by air.
In the past year, about 10 million people have traveled through Alabama.
There were no new coronoviruses reported in the state before the pandemics began in mid-March.
The number rose after that.
Statewide, the number is at about 16,000.
Some counties are getting closer to the state’s goal of getting back to 100 percent of their capacity by the end of the month.