(WHNT) – The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) says COVID-19 is still among us despite improving numbers statewide.
In a statement released Thursday, state health officials said “the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and precautions such as wearing masks and tracking vaccinations can help protect against against serious illnesses.
The ADPH says don’t ignore any COVID-19 symptoms you may have, and if you have symptoms, don’t delay treatment.
“As soon as symptoms appear, people should take a COVID-19 test or see a health care provider to discuss their eligibility for therapeutic treatments,” the statement said. “Some treatments for COVID-19, including oral antivirals, must be taken within five days of the onset of symptoms for the pills to be effective.”
To find a COVID-19 testing site near you, click here. If you want to request free at-home COVID-19 tests from the Biden administration, go to covid.gov.
The ADPH also highlighted the need for more Alabamians to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Getting vaccinated is critically important, but vaccine protection declines over time,” the ADPH statement continued. “Even in times of low community transmission, there are risks for the elderly and immunocompromised to become seriously ill with COVID-19 because their immune systems are less robust than those of others.”
As of Thursday, April 21, the state of Alabama had nearly 1.3 million cases of the virus. 19,529 Alabamians have died as a result of COVID-19, with nearly 3,000 of those deaths occurring this year alone. For the most recent COVID-19 data in Alabama, visit ADPH’s COVID-19 Dashboard.
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