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Alabama sees decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations

The overall number of patients in Alabama requiring hospital care for COVID-19 is declining.
The overall number of patients in Alabama requiring hospital care for COVID-19 is declining.(David J. Phillip | AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 3:53 PM CST
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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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