Alabama closes year with surge in COVID-19 cases

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama closed 2021 with a surge of COVID-19 cases as the extremely contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to sweep the nation.

Alabama on Thursday hit a new high for the seven-day average positivity rate — the percentage of COVID tests coming back positive — at 31.4%. It is the first time the seven-day average is over 30%.

All 67 counties in the state are now considered to have high levels of community transmission. Dr. Bert Eichold, the health officer for Mobile County, urged people to wear masks in public and to get vaccinated.

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12/31/2021 10:41:23 AM (GMT -6:00)

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