Alabama’s death rate from COVID-19 continued to climb in Thursday’s update by the state Department of Public Health.
The agency reported 72 new deaths, raising the toll to 12,856 over the course of the pandemic. ADPH has added an average of 43 deaths per day over the past week. By comparison, the statewide average was 32 a week ago and 20 daily at the end of last month. Deaths are reported to the department on a delayed basis, sometimes involving a few days or up to two weeks.
Thursday’s reported showed 3,972 new COVID cases statewide, bringing the seven-day average to 3,621 a day. There have been 761,865 cases since the pandemic began in March 2020.