HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Just over 20,000 Alabamians have died as a result of COVID-19 since the pandemic began more than two years ago.

According to the latest update of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s (ADPH) COVID-19 dashboard, 20,026 people in Alabama have died from COVID-19.

ADPH shows 7,189 of those deaths occurred in 2020, 9,561 in 2021, and 3,276 this year.

“The Alabama Department of Public Health is sad that our state has lost 20,000 persons to COVID-19,” said ADPH’s Dr. Karen Landers. “Our sympathies are with the families, friends, and loved ones who continue to grieve these tragic losses.”

While Alabama hasn’t experienced a COVID-19 spike over the summer as high as previous spikes, the number of cases continues to rise in the state. Alabama has recorded more than 520,000 cases of the virus in 2022 alone, almost as much as the entirety of 2021 when the virus peaked at previously unseen highs.

Data shows that Alabama’s total number of COVID-19 deaths surpasses even some totals for entire countries.

Some of those countries include Sweden with 19,497 deaths, Australia with 12,665 deaths, and Israel with 11,483 deaths. Very few countries across the globe have recorded zero death as a result of COVID-19, they include small countries like Vatican City or Saint Helena.

Across the United States, more than one million people have died as a result of COVID-19. The state with the most total deaths is California, while the least number of deaths comes from Alaska and Vermont.

To learn more about the COVID-19 situation in Alabama, visit the state’s COVID-19 dashboard here. It is updated once per week on Thursdays.