The number of new coronavirus cases a day in Alabama now is almost exactly the same as it was two years ago heading into Memorial Day.
Cases have been trending upward for more than a month, and Alabama averaged 510 new cases a day in the 7-day period that ended Friday, according to information from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
At this time in 2020, Alabama was averaging 501 cases per day. Businesses had just been allowed to reopen but still were required to meet social distancing restrictions. Cases also were trending upward then as people rejoined the world, peaking in July in the state’s first major surge.
But hospitalizations were much higher in 2020 than they are now, sitting at 607 on May 27 of that year. Friday, 125 people were hospitalized, a reflection of how vaccines and treatments have improved to help lessen the severity of the disease. But just like then, the number of hospitalizations in the state now are climbing again, after lows of fewer than 100 patients on many days in April.
The state’s positivity rate – the share of tests given that return a positive result – stood at 12.3% statewide Friday. At the beginning of the month, it was at 2.5%. In total, the state has had 1,312,437 cases since March 2020 and 19,658 deaths.
In Jefferson County, the positivity rate stands at 11.7% and the 7-day average of new cases is 109 per day. The county has had 187,510 cases since the pandemic began.
COVID community levels in all Alabama counties are rated as low. That’s information the ADPH issues as guidance for residents. Basically it recommends that people at higher risk from COVID take precautions and everyone else should keep up-to-date with vaccines and be mindful of their surroundings.
However, the community transmission levels are a different story. Those ratings are directed at health care facilities and offers guidance on infection control and prevention measures. On that map, more than half of the counties are rated substantial or high, including Jefferson and Shelby County.
Following is case information by county
|County of Residence||Total Cases||Total Deaths||7-Day % Change in Cases||7-Day % Positivity in Tests||7-Day Case Rate|