There are 91 COVID-19 patients hospitalized within the DCH Health System, the highest number in more than 100 days, according to public information released by the hospital Monday afternoon.

According to the new report, there are total 91 COVID patients being treated at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, the Northport Medical Center and the Fayette Medical Center.

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Of that number, 14 inpatients are being treated in intensive care units.

The last time the COVID-positive inpatient population was this high within the DCH Health System was October 1st, 2021, when the highly contagious Delta variant of the novel coronavirus spread through the area, country and world.

Also troubling is the rate at which patients are being hospitalized. According to the data released Monday, just 12 people were hospitalized in the DCH System with COVID two weeks ago. By January 3rd, that number had risen to 41 patients. Seven days later, the inpatient population has risen to 91.

(DCH Health System)
(DCH Health System)

56 of the hospitalized patients are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, and all but one of the patients being treated in the ICU are not fully vaccinated, according to the Monday report.

Eight patients were on ventilators Monday.

Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for additional updates on the COVID-19 pandemic in West Alabama as the omicron variant continues to spread through the area.

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