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Hospitals asked me to sound the alarm over ICU beds

Hospitals asked me to sound the alarm over ICU beds

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said Thursday that the local intensive care unit numbers he shared a day earlier were given to him by hospital administrators, who asked him to spread the word that the city was almost out of ICU beds as the pandemic escalates here.

Reed offered that context hours after Baptist Health released a statement addressing its local ICU capacity.

At a press conference Wednesday, Reed told members of the media that Baptist hospitals in Montgomery and Prattville were out of ICU beds and that some patients were being transferred to Birmingham for care.

Buy Photo Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed arrives to speak with the media outside of city hall Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday afternoon May 21, 2020.

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