Kimmy Tillery, a hair dresser from Tuscaloosa, Ala., holds a sign during a protest to reopen Alabama's economy outside the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Montgomery, Alabama Mayor Steven Reed says Covid-19 cases are surging in his city, with hospitals near their breaking point.
Reed told Insider in a Thursday interview that the state capitol is “down to just a handful of ICU beds” and blamed the “dire” situation on the governor’s decision to reopen the state even as cases mount.
Reed warns that his state may not be able to manage a predicted second wave of infections without more help from the federal government.
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Montgomery, Alabama Mayor Steven Reed is sounding the alarm as his city’s hospitals near their breaking point and the state’s conservative governor rapidly loosens social distancing policies and reopens businesses.

Reed told Insider in a Thursday interview that the state capitol is “down to just a handful of ICU beds” as Covid-19 patients flood the city’s hospitals, which have begun sending overflow acute-care patients to Birmingham.

“It’s pretty dire,” said Reed, a first-term Democrat. “More people are coming in [to the hospitals] and they’re coming in in worse shape.”

At a press conference on Wednesday, Reed also warned about the hospital bed shortage and said his city’s healthcare system had been “maxed …read more


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