Alabama virus hospitalizations hit lowest point since fall


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The number of people in Alabama hospitals because of the coronavirus has dipped to its lowest point since late autumn. Numbers released Thursday show 1,003 people were in state hospitals with COVID-19. More than 3,000 were hospitalized in early January.

Dr. Don Williamson is president of the Alabama Hospital Association. He says the numbers are a positive sign, but cautions that people still need to take precautions to prevent the virus’s spread.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said there are at least eight cases involving a highly transmissible variant of the virus that was first identified in the United Kingdom. Madison County was on the list of locations where that variant has been confirmed.

The hospitalization numbers in north Alabama also support the statewide numbers. The Huntsville Hospital Health System has the lowest number of inpatients across their system than they’ve had since October. There were 135 patients across their eight hospitals.

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