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2018-01-12 19:31:01 UTC
Alabama declares public health emergency as hospitals flood with flu patients
BY SCOTT BERSON
January 12, 2018 06:44 AM
Updated 3 hours 47 minutes ago
Governor Kay Ivey declared a state public health emergency Thursday after a
serious outbreak of the flu throughout the state, saying there was a high
risk of widespread exposure that would pose "significant risk of substantial
harm to a large number of people."
The flu is spreading quickly in Alabama. Hospitals are at or over normal
patient capacity as flu patients continue to arrive at their doors, the
Alabama Department of Public Health said in a press release Thursday.
Emergency rooms and clinics also reported seeing "very high" volumes of
"At this time, this is not a pandemic flu situation, but a major seasonal flu
situation," the department said.
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