MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – While COVID-19 continues to be a threat across the state, the numbers are getting better.
“We have come down from historic pandemic heights, but we are still in the high society transmission,” said Dr. Wes Stubblefield of the Alabama Department of Public Health.
ADPH’s COVID-19 card has been solid red for several months, indicating high levels of community transfer in all counties.
Days ago, Sumter County switched to yellow, meaning moderate levels of community dispersal. Right now, Sumter County is red again, but five other counties are not.
Lowndes, Bullock, Perry, Chambers, and Greene counties are all orange, indicating “significant” COVID-19 transmission rather than “high.”
“It’s been a while, and it’s certainly good to see these numbers downward in pretty much all of our categories, including hospitalizations,” Stubblefield said. “Our deaths, however, have not fallen, but it can be expected.”
This is data only. The doctor emphasizes that real people are affected daily, and while the tide may change, it is not time to let go of your guard.
“Sometimes when you look at a map, or you look at graphs, or you look at numbers, it’s easy to forget that it’s real people who have it hurt, who’s loved ones, who’s fathers and mothers, and grandparents and children. ” he said.
The doctor is still hoping for more improvement over the next few weeks. At that point, he thinks ADPH could start predicting how this pandemic will develop into spring and summer.
Stubblefield explained that these improvements are likely associated with the vaccines, in combination with people who have already been infected with Omicron.
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