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Alabama man dies after 43 hospitals with full ICUs turned him away; family urges COVID-19 vaccines – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-09-12 19:19:34 –

Chicago(NewsNation Now) — Alabama families who died of heart problems more than 200 miles from their homes were unable to accept the coronavirus due to a complete heart ICU in more than 40 hospitals in three states. We are asking people to get vaccinated against the virus.

Ray Martin Demonia died on September 1st. Three days before his 74th birthday, his family said.

Demonia had a heart attack and was transferred to the nearest available bed over 200 miles away at the Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi.

of His obituary, His family urged people to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“In honor of Ray, get vaccinated if you’re not vaccinated to free up resources for non-COVID-related emergencies,” the obituary read.

The COVID-19 case is once again pushing hospitals across the country to the limit.

Danne Howard, deputy director of the Alabama Hospital Association, said the state was in dire straits. The COVID-19 surge began in mid-August and reached its highest point ever during a pandemic.

“We can’t predict what will happen tomorrow, but we’re certainly not in the right direction,” Howard said.

Hospitals have the ability to expand capacity, but Howard said there is a lack of staff to properly handle the changes.

“That’s why we’re actively trying to find additional resources, so we don’t have to make those decisions, so we don’t have to face these types of life-and-death situations,” Howard explained.

On Tuesday, Alabama saw 83 more ICU patients than ICU beds were open throughout the state. On Wednesday, there were 94 more ICU patients than there were beds available.

The Alabama Hospital Association says more than half of those patients are fighting COVID-19. Howard says relief will not come soon.

“We aren’t throwing towels, but it’s a dire and serious situation,” she said.

The Alabama Hospital Association works daily with the State Department of Health and the Governor’s Office to find staff and resources. But Hurricane Ida has removed much of it. The federal medical team is still in place to assist there. They keep people socially distant and encourage them to go to the emergency room only if it is a real emergency.

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