Alabama saw its highest number of new daily cases of COVID-19 in almost six months on Tuesday, as the Delta variant continues to spread throughout the state and the nation.
The Alabama Department of Public Health reported that the total number of cases since the pandemic began had reached 574,737, with an increase of 2,667 cases for the day. That’s the biggest daily hike since Feb. 4, when 2,767 new cases were reported as new cases were then on a downward trend after dangerously high numbers around the start of the new year.
The 7-day average of new daily cases now stands at 1,775.14, which is more than 14½ times the average’s low point three weeks ago on July 6 and the highest level that average has seen since Feb. 8. The longer term 14-day average is still behind the curve, but now stands at 1,394.43 new daily cases, the highest it’s been since Feb. 16. The 14-day average is now 8½ times where it stood on July 6.
Nine deaths were reported Tuesday by ADPH, keeping the 7-day and 14-day averages about where they have been for the past month. The 7-day average is currently 4.57 deaths per day, and the 14-day average is at 6.43.
On Monday, officials at UAB Hospital said that the last two batches of tests for the Delta variant that their labs had processed showed the stronger strain present in 100% of the specimens. Delta has now become the dominant strain across the United States.
Updated hospitalization numbers are scheduled to be released by ADPH at 1 p.m. On Monday, the number of hospitalized COVID patients stood at 916, which is more than five times the total on June 20.