Alabama sees decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The overall number of patients in Alabama requiring hospital care for COVID-19 is declining. This is the first signal of relief for health care providers after a significant surge in critical cases following Thanksgiving and Christmas that nearly crippled hospitals across the state.
According to the latest data from the Alabama Department of Public Health, the seven-day hospitalization average dropped by 350 over the course of last week. As of Sunday, the new seven-day average is 2,485 cases.
The state’s COVID case numbers have also dropped. Eighteen hundred thirty-nine new cases were reported Monday. Alabama’s seven-day average is 2,711.
|Last week, the state reported a total of 18,860 new cases, which is 2,221 cases fewer than the prior week.|
|Despite the decline, public health experts stress the need to mitigate the spread of the virus with social distancing, wearing a mask and vigorous hand washing to continue on this downward trend.|
Dr. Don Williamson, president of the Alabama Hospital Association, said now is not the time to let our guard down.
With a new variant spreading in nearby states, Williamson said it’s important to get as many people vaccinated as possible in the next six weeks to attempt to slow the spread.
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