Health Leader: ‘Alabama Suffering from Self-Inflicted Wound from COVID-19’

A health leader says Alabama is suffering a “self-inflicted wound” from COVID-19. Hospitals are again filling up as the state trails the nation in vaccinations and pandemic precautions like face masks and social distancing are all but forgotten.

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The president of the Alabama Hospital Association says there’s a sense of frustration because cases wouldn’t be rising if more people were vaccinated. Only 166 people were hospitalized statewide a month ago with COVID-19. That low point has been followed by a rapid rise, and more than 500 people are being treated for the virus now.

Some 11,460 people have died of COVID-19 in Alabama, the 17th highest death rate nationally.

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