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COVID-19 hospitalizations alarm officials

Posted at 9:37 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 00:23:24-04

Eighteen residents currently are hospitalized with COVID-19, which has alarmed local officials.

That's the largest number we've seen so far.

"All of us around the state are concerned about the increase in cases in our communities,” said Mayor Joe McComb at Wednesday’s city-county news conference. “We're monitoring the hospitals. The governor is monitoring that. We still have capacity, but if we keep getting numbers like this, it's going to begin to have an impact on our capacity and our ability to deal with it."

It was also announced Wednesday that the city's daylong 4th of July festivities on the Bayfront have been cancelled. The only city-sponsored event will be fireworks on the Bayfront.