Alabama Eighth for COVID Deaths

Coronavirus illustration. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Alabama ranks eighth among states with the highest daily death rates per capita from COVID-19 in the past week.

The state has had 27 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. The only states with more deaths per capita were Florida, Texas, Louisiana, California, Mississippi, Georgia and Arkansas, according to an analysis by the New York Times. The lowest number of deaths in the continental United States was in the District of Columbia, with an average of .3 deaths a day.

In total, more than 624,000 people in the U.S. had died from COVID-19 as of Thursday.

There were 42 new deaths from the virus reported in Alabama on Thursday, bringing the state’s death toll to 11,914 since March 2020.

Alabama health officials reported 3,890 new COVID cases on Thursday, bringing the total diagnosed cases in the state to 649,741. The state has averaged 3,688 new cases per day for the past seven days.

Across the state, 2,764 people are hospitalized for treatment of COVID symptoms at 106 hospitals, according to state health department statistics.

UAB Hospital reported Thursday that it is treating 194 patients for the virus. The hospital’s highest number of COVID cases was 215 on Jan. 3.

Among those being treated at UAB Thursday are 39 pregnant patients, with 10 of them in ICU and seven intubated. The number of pregnant patients has soared since March, hospital officials said.