ADPH: Exercise caution to avoid COVID-19 over July 4th weekend

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – As most workers and families enjoy their July 4 getaways, barbecues or other celebrations this weekend, COVID-19 is seeing a gradual increase in the South, and a health official told News 19 numbers need some attention.

“What we have seen is that COVID-19 has increased both in our state and in other neighboring states, particularly in Florida,” the ADPH Northern District physician said Friday, Dr. Wes Stubblefield.

Stubblefield added that the state health department is still following CDC guidelines in light of the gradual increase in COVID-19 cases in Alabama since early April.

“We went from about 100 cases a day statewide to about 1,750 cases statewide a day. Our positivity percentage was around 2.5%, now it’s around 25%. Our number of people hospitalized in Alabama has gone from about 50 statewide to about 450,” he said.

Despite the inflated numbers in the wrong direction, Stubblefield explained that things haven’t been at the alarming level since Omicron’s push last winter. However, he said people should monitor the current risk in their county.

“If you’re going to be somewhere with a lot of people where you’re indoors and there’s a ‘high’ level of community, you should consider wearing a mask,” he said.

Fortunately, there are many more ways to treat the virus (and treat it more effectively) than just a year ago.

“We just know a lot about the virus and at this point people just need to know their individual risk factors.”


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