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Alabama’s COVID hospitalizations reached 1,776 on Monday, a level not seen since Sept. 21 and a 239 percent increase from two weeks ago.
While some public school systems are requiring masks, others are taking a wait-and-see approach as cases and hospitalizations increase statewide.
Treatments for the more contagious omicron variant are in short supply in Alabama as COVID cases surge and hospitalizations grow.
A new monoclonal antibody treatment effective against the omicron variant isn't yet available in Alabama as cases and hospitalizations rise.
Alabama's percent of tests that are positive increased by 76 percent over two weeks. New cases and hospitalizations are rising as well.
Merck’s drug, molnupiravir, was found to reduce hospitalizations and deaths by 30 percent, while Pfizer's antiviral pill had a nearly 90 percent reduction.