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Alabama reports well over 1,000 COVID-19 cases daily

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 6:31 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - About half of the states in the country have had an increase of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations. UAB’s Director of Division of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo said this is a concern.

The state of Alabama is reporting over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day. Dr. Marrazzo said the number of tests that are done everyday seems to fluctuate, over the weekend and when there are delays in reporting it is not as reliable, but case numbers are staying consistent.

Dr. Marrazzo said that number of cases depends on various factors, one being the positivity of the tests that are done. The positivity percentage has remained at 18 to 19 percent across the state over the last ten days. Dr. Marrazzo said this very high.

She said the state is also seeing high numbers in daily death rates, in particular last week.

Dr. Marrazzo said she applauds Governor Kay Ivey for extending the statewide mask through August. She said by this being done schools and businesses can hopefully stay open without furthering transmission of the virus.

“None of us, as I’ve said many times, want to go back to the draconian world of everything being shutdown that would just be very very very challenging and potentially life changing so I’m really grateful to the governor and Dr. Harris for doing that,” Dr. Mezzarro said.

When it comes to the concern of young children wearing a mask Dr. Marrazzo said imperfect mask use in settings that are most concerning is better than no mask use at all.

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