A Tuscaloosa doctor is imploring residents to use caution as confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus continue to climb.

Crimson Care's Dr. Ramesh Peramsetty shared his thoughts on social media Monday morning, noting that his clinics have seen a dramatic increase in patients needing COVID-19 testing and treatment. Dr. Peramsetty also noted that many patients returning to his clinics for COVID-19 care are now requiring hospitalization in their fight against the virus.

"It's hard to protect myself and my staff, but at the same time these patients need help," Dr. Peramsetty said.

"[P]lease be safe and hang in there until we get the vaccine, it’s almost there around the corner," he added.

Hospitalizations as a result of the novel Coronavirus are reaching the highest levels Alabama has seen in months, with many concerned about the virus' spread from Thanksgiving travel and gatherings.

DCH reported 21 new COVID-19 inpatients yesterday (Sunday, November 29). The provider is currently treating 79 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals in Tuscaloosa and Northport, 22 of which require intensive care.

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