Percentage of Positive Tests for COVID-19 Continues to Decline in Alabama

Coronavirus illustration. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The average percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Alabama declined this week to its lowest level in a year.

The daily average rate of positivity dropped Wednesday to 5.67% and stood at 5.79% on Thursday, the BamaTracker website reported. That was the lowest percentage since an average of 5.32% was reported on March 5, 2020. The 7-day average reached a high of 37.98% on Jan. 5. Health officials generally regard a rate of 5% or lower to be acceptable.

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 436 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, plus another 129 cases that were reported on a delayed basis from previous days. The state has averaged 338 cases a day over the past week.

There were 16 new deaths in Thursday’s daily update, bringing the total for the pandemic to 10,946.