(WHNT) – The state of Alabama’s COVID-19 situation is finally heading in the right direction, according to new data from the State Department of Public Health (ADPH).
Every county in the state is now listed with a “low” or “medium” risk of COVID-19 community transmission or spread. Previously, the majority of Alabama’s counties were ranked in the more dangerous categories of “high” or “significant,” meaning a more potent atmosphere for the virus across the country.
Here is what each of the categories means:
- Low: The amount of new cases per 100,000 people should be from 0 to 9.99, and the percentage of positive tests should be between 0% and 4.99%
- Medium: The amount of new cases per 100,000 people should be from 10 to 49.99, and the percentage of positive tests should be between 5% and 7.99%
- Substantial: The amount of new cases per 100,000 people should be from 50 to 99.99, and the percentage of positive tests should be between 8% and 9.99%
- High: The amount of new cases per 100,000 people must be greater than 100 and the percentage of positive tests must be higher than 10%
In his message in March, state health officer Dr. Scott Harris: “The news of Coronavirus Disease 2019 is very hopeful now that COVID-19 is moving in the right direction again.”
“While the virus will continue to circulate, we are encouraged to have more effective tools and learned experience to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 than ever before,” Harris asked. “Remember to protect them at high risk by keeping up to date with your vaccinations and following preventative measures to reduce COVID-19 disease.”
As of Saturday, March 19, the state’s 7-day positivity in testing was 2.6%. Nearly 1.3 million cases of the virus have been registered since March 2020, with 366,074 in 2022. Just over 19,000 Alabamers have died as a result of COVID-19.
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