Alabama surpasses 1M COVID-19 cases

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Elise Anzaldua

More than 1 million people in Alabama have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic reached our state in March 2020.

Dr. Wes Stubblefield with the Alabama Department of Public Health said the recent spike in cases is coming from the highly contagious omicron variant, but the previous and much deadlier delta variant is still being detected across the state.

“Research has shown that the omicron variant is at least two to three times more infectious than the delta variant, which is more contagious than the original variant, so we are seeing more infectivity.”

Stubblefield said the state is seeing the most cases it has in the history of the pandemic, and that’s not just affecting the number of hospital beds available.

“It’s important to remember this toll on our health care workers, especially those who have taken care of so many people in the hospital,” Stubblefield said. “When we face this new wave, a new group of people are back in the hospital. Children in the hospital are on ventilators. It’s been really tough on our health care workers and our population.”

Stubblefield said he encourages anyone who’s eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to get one in addition to practicing safe social distancing and wearing a mask in public settings.

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