WATCH: Huntsville and Madison County leaders hold COVID-19 briefing


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – For the first time in four months, Huntsville area leaders held a COVID-19 briefing to provide important information to the community about the surge in cases.

The test positivity rate for Madison County is 17.5%.

Today, medical professionals focused on efforts to slow the spread and they urged people to get vaccinated.

Huntsville Hospital CEO Jeff Samz used figures for how many COVID-19 patients are being hospitalized in the area to underline the importance of being vaccinated.

In Madison County, he says there are 131 COVID-19 inpatients, 29 of them are in the ICU, 15 are on ventilators.

“Of those inpatients 91 percent are unvaccinated. So you do the simple math there and we’d have about 10 patients in the hospital if everybody had taken their vaccine” said Huntsville Hospital CEO Jeff Samz.

There are 206 COVID-19 inpatients across the entire Huntsville Hospital Health system, a number that has doubled in the past 10 days.

Area leaders say only 43% of Madison County residents are fully vaccinated.

Alabama is among the states with the lowest vaccination rate in the country.

Huntsville and Madison County leaders will be holding weekly COVID-19 briefings to better inform the public of COVID-19 in the community.

There are 1,694 COVID-19 patients in Alabama hospitals as of August 3, 2021, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health Covid-19 dashboard.

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