COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations and Tests Continue Decline in Friday Report

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Alabama’s COVID-19 figures for new cases, hospitalizations and percentage of positive tests continued to fall in Friday’s daily update by the state Department of Public Health.

The agency reported 1,097 new cases of the disease, leaving the daily average for the past week at 1,335 cases. That is down from an  average of 1,962 a week ago and 4,036 one month ago. It is the lowest seven-day aveage since an identical number of 1,335 on Nov. 7.

There were 1,281 people being treated for the coronavirus in Alabama hospitals on Thursday. The state reached a peak of 3,084 inpatients on Jan. 11 and the number has dropped steadily since then.

The average percentage of people testing positive for the disease over the past seven days stood at 15% in Friday’s report, compared to a high of 38% on Jan. 5.

ADPH reported 159 deaths in Friday’s report, bringing the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 9,180. Death reports lag by a few weeks as they are reported from local areas to the state.

The agency said 993,715 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been delivered to the state, and 553,003 have been administered.