Montgomery, Alabama Mayor Steven Reed told CNN today he is considering tightening restrictions in his city and may issue a shelter-in-place order, even as his state continues to open up.
"I would do it and I would ask for regional cooperation," Reed told CNN in a phone interview today. "I would certainly do it in the city if need be."
At a news briefing Wednesday, Reed sounded alarms over an ICU bed shortage in Montgomery saying the health care system is "maxed" and if you need a bed, "you are in trouble."
Reed told CNN his hope in using such stark terms was to get the attention of the public.
"This is a serious matter and we have to maintain our practices even as many people are relaxing restrictions and the economy is opening back up,” Reed told CNN. "We need to take more individual responsibility in how we go about our daily lives. In this community we are not in a safe place given the numbers we are seeing."
Reed said he was certain the shortage of ICU beds was directly related to the state loosening restrictions.
"That's definitely apart of opening up to soon and not adhering to CDC guidelines," Reed said.
He said when he looked at the numbers he saw a "consistent uptick." To change that trend, he said, people have to change their behaviors.
"What's okay for some may not be okay for all," Reed told CNN. " I understand people want to get back to normal but if we aren't patient, we are going to prolong this and it is going to cost us lives. "