SYLACAUGA, Ala. – According to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 risk indicator, 21 Alabama counties are ranking in the ‘very high risk’ for spreading the virus just ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.
Baldwin, Butler, Coffee Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, DeKalb, Henry, Houston, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Limestone, Macon, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega and Tuscaloosa counties all ranked in the ‘very high risk’ category.
Risk categories are determined primarily by the number of new COVID cases per day. If the number of cases is staying the same or increasing, the county is moved to the “very high risk” category. Counties with decreasing counts for 1-6 days are in the high-risk category. A decline of 7-13 days is considered “moderate” and if a county has a downward trajectory of 14 or more days or has a rate of 10 cases or less over the previous two weeks, it is moved to green.
The ADPH is stressing the importance of getting vaccinated to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Alabama currently has the second-lowest vaccination rate in the country, ahead of Mississippi.
The state of Alabama has reported 551,298 total confirmed cases of the virus and 11,358 deaths since March 2020.
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