COVID-19 Averages, Hospitalizations Continue to Drop in Friday Report

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

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Alabama continued to fall in Friday’s report by the state Department of Public Health, as did the number of people hospitalized for the disease.

The agency’s daily update showed 1,496 new cases for the latest 24-hour period, bringing the overall total for the pandemic to 469,319.  The state averaged 1,962 new cases a day over the past week, the lowest since an average of 1,909 on Nov. 14 and less than half the highest average of 4,280 on Jan. 10.

The report included 84 deaths, for an overall total of 8,449. The daily death count consists of cases reported on a particular date; it can include deaths as far back as early November because of the lag in the reporting, as well as ADPH’s review of older cases.

There were 1,666 people in Alabama hospitals on Thursday for treatment of COVID-19. That is the lowest count since Nov. 29, when the census stood at 1,603; the highest daily total was 3,084 on Nov. 11.

ADPH said 923,750 doses of vaccine for the coronavirus have been delivered to Alabama, and 436,962 doses have been administered.