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COVID positivity rate declines while hospitalizations continue to climb

The number of people in Alabama hospitals with COVID-19 has continued to increase.

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Alabama’s COVID-19 positive rate appears to have leveled off and is now in slight decline over this previous weekend, while hospitalizations continue to climb.

As of July 4, the current percentage of COVID-19 tests reported positive in Alabama over the past seven days is 22.3 percent, according to data compiled by the Alabama Department of Public Health. That percentage is still a high positivity rate but is a decline from the previous positivity rate of 23.6 percent recorded on June 30.

Due in part to the lack of reporting of results from COVID-19 at-home tests, the state’s positivity rate is the most reliable indicator of rising or falling case numbers.

The number of people in Alabama hospitals with COVID-19 has continued to increase, with 467 patients in hospitals with COVID-19 as of Monday, according to ADPH.

A week ago on June 27, there were 391 COVID-19 patients in Alabama hospitals, with the majority of new COVID-19 positive patients coming over the weekend and on Monday of this week.

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Over the past several months, there has been no significant change in the percentage of the state’s population who have received the COVID-19 vaccine and are now fully vaccinated. As of the most recent published data from ADPH, just over half of the state’s population is fully vaccinated.

According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 66.9 percent of the U.S. population is now fully vaccinated.

John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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