MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — On Wednesday, the state of Alabama hit 100,000 coronavirus cases, a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic.
With many of Alabama’s schools starting back, health officials expect the numbers to climb. John Zippert has been a fierce critic of the state’s handling of coronavirus. Zippert is an activist and works with the Save Ourselves Movement that advocates for health care for people.
“I think this is a very serious disease and I’m not sure that the state of Alabama has really put a good handle on it,” Zippert said.
His frustrations started around the time the virus made its way into his household.
“My wife tested positive the week after Easter,” Zippert said.
The symptoms weren’t as intense for his wife. In fact, he tested negative for the virus. He does, however, applaud the Gov. Kay Ivey’s statewide mask order.
“It certainly by any stretch of the imagination seems to be going away,” Alabama Hospital Association President Dr. Don Williamson said.
Meanwhile, hospitalizations continue to be a concern for health officials, especially with many schools reopening this month.
“If we don’t have some reduction in the number of patients in hospital late in August and into September, we could find our hospitals in much worse condition than they are now,” Williamson said.
“Alabamians are doing well incorporating COVID-19 into their daily routines. We are seeing lower numbers in our hospitals,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “Our daily percent positive continues to trend in the right direction.”
Ivey’s office say the mask ordinance and the cooperation of the people of Alabama are making a difference. However, the governor is continuing to encourage Alabamians to social distance, practice good hygiene and to wear a mask while this virus remains a threat.
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