COVID-19 Rates Continue to Drop in Alabama

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

Alabama’s COVID-19 numbers continue to show a dramatic improvement, with the numbers of new cases, hospitalizations and positive tests falling to levels that have not been seen for months.

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 196 new cases of the coronavirus in Tuesday’s daily update. The state has averaged 305 cases a day over the past week, down from averages of 456 a week ago and 659 a month ago. It was the lowest 7-day average since a report of 292 last May 19.

For the past three days, the state has averaged 166 cases per day.

Statewide and at UAB Hospital, the number of COVID-19 inpatients continued to drop. There were 314 coronavirus inpatients in hospitals across Alabama, compared to 350 on March 30 and 526 a month ago. Tuesday’s statewide number was the lowest since a report of 290 on April 12, 2020.

UAB Hospital had 67 COVID-19 patients on Tuesday. The number of patients has fallen steadily since reaching a high of 285 on Jan. 3.

ADPH’s report on Tuesday showed that 7.36% of coronavirus tests were positive. The positivity rate was 10.51% a week earlier and 16.76% on the same date a month ago. Health officials consider a rate of 5% or lower to be acceptable.