State Public Health Emergency issued by Gov. Ivey due to flu outbreak
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —
Governor Ivey issued a State Public Health Emergency at 5 p.m. due to the flue outbreak affecting Alabama.
According to the State Health Officer, the flu outbreak poses a "significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of people in the affected population."
Statewide hospitals are overwhelmed by influx of sick patients, dramatically reducing hospitals' ability to care for those infected. Communities and hospitals affected will receive assistance by state and potentially federal agencies.
A UAB spokesperson confirms all elective surgeries that require hospital admission have been postponed for Thursday and Friday due to the dramatic increase in seasonal flu cases. A saline shortage is not cited among the reasons for the postponed surgeries.
Outpatient and same day surgery procedures for UAB hospital inpatients will continue to performed.
See Governor Ivey's State Public Health Emergency proclamation in its entirety below:
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