It was news the town of Georgiana didn’t want to hear. The community is already feeling the effects of empty storefronts downtown. Now, residents are losing their hospital, one of just two in Butler County.
The number of pandemic-related hospitalizations nearly double in two weeks, and the state hospital association warns there's a narrow window to bring down the number of cases before it potentially crashes Alabama's healthcare system.
The Health Resources and Services Administration classifies geographic areas as medically underserved based on them having too few primary care doctors, a high infant mortality rate, high poverty or a high elderly population.