47 Alabama counties now at ‘very high risk’ for COVID-19 – AL.com

Forty-seven of Alabamas 67 counties are now considered to be at “very high danger” for the spread of COVID-19, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Public Health.Bibb, Bullock, Coosa, Escambia, Jackson, Lamar, Perry, Pickens and Sumter are the only Alabama counties in the low-risk classification, suggesting they have had a down case trajectory of 14 or more days or have a rate of 10 cases or less over the previous 2 weeks.Choctaw, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Greene and Russell were all ranked as “moderate risk” and Conecuh, Fayette, Lowndes, Wilcox and Winston were all “high threat.” The remainding counties are categorized as “very high threat.”Risk categories are identified mainly by the number of new COVID cases per day. Counties thought about “very high threat” are where the number of cases is staying the exact same or increasing. Counties with decreasing counts for 1-6 days are in the high-risk category and a decline of 7-13 days is thought about “moderate.”Variants in AlabamaVariants of COVID continue to distribute in Alabama, the state with the most affordable vaccination rate in the nation. Alabama has actually had 820 Alpha variants, 2 Beta, 31 Gamma and 56 Delta, an extremely infectious form of coronavirus anticipated to end up being the dominant strain in the U.S.”These variations are more transmissible, particularly the Alpha and the Delta, and some variations have less reaction to treatments such as monoclonal antibodies,” ADPH said.Meanwhile, the number of COVID cases reported in Alabama has actually jumped 39% from June 26 to July 9 with the rate of positive tests– 7.7% – the highest given that February.As of July 14, 341 people were reported hospitalized in Alabama as an outcome of COVID, up from 179 on July 3rd. ADPH is recommending people to get vaccinated” as quickly as possible.””The vaccines we have are highly efficient and their advantages far exceed any risks,” ADPH stated. “Only a very little percentage of deaths due to COVID-19 are amongst the fully vaccinated population.”As of July 15th, Alabama has reported 557,578 cases of COVID-19 with 11,439 deaths.

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