Data from the Alabama Department of Public Health re. COVID-19 cases

Currently, 89% of Alabama's COVID-19 cases are among the unvaccinated.  94% of COVID-19 deaths are among those not vaccinated. (8.23.21)

Facts about hospitalizations (current as of 8.9.21):

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  • Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients have increased over 1000 percent since July 3 (more than 2000 as compared to 179).

  • The median age of COVID-19 hospitalized patients is 54. 

  • 68 percent of Alabama COVID cases in the last month were among those 5 - 49 years of age; 42 percent were in people ages 25 - 49.

  • Alabama has the highest rate of positive tests in the country.

Facts about the Delta variant:

  • Currently the dominant strain in Alabama and the U.S.

  • Highly contagious – The Delta variant carries 1000 times more viral load than the original virus.  Thus, it is estimated that on average one infected person will likely infect 8 to 10 other people.

Facts about the vaccine:

  • Alabama has the lowest vaccination rate in the nation with only about one-third of Alabamians being fully vaccinated. 

  • Even if you’ve had COVID-19, experts still recommend that you get vaccinated, because we don’t yet know how long natural antibodies last.

  • All of the current vaccines are effective against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant.

  • Even though there have been breakthrough cases of vaccinated individuals becoming infected, the overwhelming majority of fully vaccinated people are not getting the virus. 

  • No one cut any corners or skipped any steps in the COVID-19 vaccine development, testing, and authorization process. They simply overlapped some of the steps instead of doing them one after the other. All the while, the FDA, CDC, and independent medical experts have been monitoring the safety of the vaccines and continue to do so.

How to Protect Yourself against the New Strain:

  • Since the Delta variant is so contagious, and Alabama has such a low vaccination rate, it’s recommended that individuals consider going back to some of the safety precautions, including wearing masks inside, particularly where there’s a large crowd.  In fact, the CDC revised its guidance this week to strengthen its masking recommendations, including those who are vaccinated.

  • Even if you’ve been vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can become infected.  While your symptoms might not be that bad, you could still spread the virus to others.

  • If you have a weakened immune system or if you live with someone who does, you should definitely be taking extra precautions.

  • If you experience any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are exposed to the virus, you should get tested immediately, and if your test is positive, ask about monoclonal therapy. It can significantly reduce risk of severe illness and hopilization.

  • And, if you test positive, stay home and away from others for 10 days.

  • Both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics are now recommending that everyone in K-12 schools wear a mask indoors, including teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.