COVID-19 Average Drops to Four-Month Low, Vaccinations on Rise

Coronavirus illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alabama’s daily average number of COVID-19 cases per week has dropped below the 1,000-mark for the first time since mid-October.

Other indicators compiled by the state Department of Public Health, including the number of people in hospitals for the coronavirus and the rate of administration of vaccines, also showed improvement in Friday’s daily update.

There were 847 new cases of COVID-19 during the most recent 24-hour period. That left the daily average for the past week at 935, down from 971 the previous day. It marked the first time the average was lower than 1,000 a day since Oct. 14. The average reached a peak of 4,280 a day on Jan. 10 and has been falling steadily since then. There have been 485,212 cases since the pandemic began last March.

ADPH said there were 1,003 people in Alabama hospitals for the coronavirus on Thursday, the lowest since Nov. 8 and down from the daily high of 3,084 on Jan. 10.

A total of more than 1.03 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been delivered to Alabama, according to the update; 186,578 people have received both doses, and 530,021 have gotten one shot.