1 in 330 Alabamians have died of COVID-19
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris provided an update on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, saying Alabama has made some progress when it comes to hospitalizations and vaccinations.
“Very thankfully, we’ve had declines in our number of hospitalizations as well we’re down to just over 1,000 inpatients in the state, which is not a great situation, but it’s about two-thirds less than we were seeing a month or so ago,” said Harris.
There’s been no improvement when it comes to the death rate.
“Unfortunately, deaths as you know are the last number we see to improve because we still have people in the hospital who just haven’t been well enough to get out,” said Harris.
Harris’ update comes as Alabama reached a new milestone this week. More people have died from COVID-19 in 2021 than in 2020 despite the availability of vaccines.
In Alabama about one in 330 residents has died from COVID. The Alabama Department of Public Health says there have been 14,756 confirmed COVID-19 deaths so far with more waiting final confirmation. Nationally, the death rate is around one in 500.
ADPH reported a total of 1,049 new COVID cases for Friday in addition to 81 deaths. The state’s test positivity rate is at 10.1% and has been trending downward. Alabama hasn’t been in the single digits in this category since July 13 when it was 9.7%.
Hospitals have seen a decline in COVID patients from nearly 2,900 in early September to about 1,000 currently. According to ADPH, the delta variant can be attributed to the increase in deaths.
Alabama has surpassed 2 million residents who are fully vaccinated, which is more than half the eligible population. The state still lags the national average.
- 39.5% of Alabama residents are fully vaccinated
- 48% of Alabama residents have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine
- A total of 84,765 third doses have been reported as administered in ADPH’s ImmPRINT system from Aug. 13 through Oct. 5
- 20.7% of Alabamians are eligible for booster shots based on being age 65 and older - 4.5% of persons from among the 20.7% of eligible persons have received the booster shot
Harris is urging residents to get not only the COVID vaccine but the flu vaccine, which he says can be taken at the same time and, if done now, could have you fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving.
“If you go and get vaccinated in the next week or so, you will have time to be fully vaccinated and protected before the Thanksgiving holidays. And really next week is pretty much the time that you’re going to need to do that IF you’re going to have the safest possible Thanksgiving,” said Harris.
The health officer added that pediatric COVID vaccinations could happen “very likely” by early November.
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