DCH Health System continues to see a sharp inpatient increases, and now the healthcare provider is once again treating triple-digit numbers of COVID-19 patients.

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As of 3 p.m. Monday, DCH Health System is treating 105 patients for COVID-19, 27 of whom are in the Intensive Care Unit. Seven patients at DCH are currently on a ventilator. This is the first time DCH has treated over 100 COVID patients since the previous pandemic peak in January.

DCH Vice President of Marketing and Communications Andy North recently told the Tuscaloosa Thread that the health care provider was forced to expand its COVID units and ICUs to accommodate the rapidly growing number of patients seeking care as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads in West Alabama.

DCH COO Paul Betz noted in a recent press conference that of those seeking care within DCH's three hospitals, 90% are unvaccinated.

The ADPH continues to urge Alabamians to avoid hospital emergency rooms in an attempt to reduce the strain placed on doctors and nurses.

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