Alabama Leads Nation in Coronavirus Positivity Rate
If new cases continue to rise, Alabama will surpass all-time numbers for hospitalizations and new COVIDS-19 cases.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama now leads the nation in coronavirus positivity rates at 24%.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says that some Alabama Counties have positivity rates as high as 40%.
Harris said in a few days, the state could surpass the record high of 3,087 COVID-19 patients in hospitals. There were 2,371 COVID-19 patients in hospitals on Wednesday.
The rise in cases is being fueled by unvaccinated citizens, and the highly transmissible delta variant.
At the time of writing, only 5% of ICU beds were available statewide.
In Alabama, the state is recording more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases per day.
Harris says at this rate, Alabama will surpass all time highs for hospitalizations and new infections.
There have been breakthrough cases in vaccinated people, but according to Dr. Harris, ” A vaccine does not prevent you from getting the virus, but the chance of getting seriously ill, or dying, is slim to none.”
Harris says 0.001% of coronavirus deaths have been from vaccinated people. He said 89% of COVID-19 patients in hospitals have not been fully vaccinated.
There are also reports of critical patients being flown out of state because of the lack of ICU beds.