MONTGOMERY — COVID-19 cases in Alabama continue to rise, as the state added another 4,367 cases and 64 more deaths since March 2020, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
The Alabama Hospital Association states that Alabama has 2,724 people currently hospitalized with COVID, with 2,670 of those patients being adults. There are also 54 children hospitalized with the virus. Reportedly, 84% of those patients hospitalized are unvaccinated. A further 4 percent are partially unvaccinated.
Some 12 percent are fully vaccinated.
This news comes after Alabama has finally passed the 50 percent mark for first vaccinations. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 50.7 percent of Alabamians have had their first COVID-19 shot.
Alabama has a deficit of 68 ICU beds. There are currently 1,606 ICU patients for 1,538 staffed beds. A staggering number: 53 percent of all of Alabama’s ICU patients have COVID.
In Jefferson County, there have been 105,851 reported positive cases, 496 more than the last reported numbers. In St. Clair County, 14,281 cumulative cases (+120). Shelby County reported 207 new cases for a total of 33,849 since the beginning of the pandemic.