DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — COVID-19 deaths and cases in the nation have climbed back to levels not seen since last Winter, which has some medical experts worried for the future.
The cases, which are driven by both the Delta variant and resistance among some Americans getting their vaccine, have some state medical professionals fearing the little progress we have made will be wiped out in the coming weeks.
According to Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health, the state still has a fairly high COVID-19 positivity rate. Landers said the state sits at a little over 19%.
She said right now, Alabama has been flat in terms of cases, but she believes this could catch up since we are about ten days out from Labor Day and the first big attendance of football games all could have a negative impact on the progress made in the last couple weeks.
“It is possible that we can flatten out but we are still flattening out at a fairly high level,” Dr. Landers said. “3,000-4,000 cases that are not good, high percent positivity that’s not good.”
Landers said even though cases have flattened, this fight is no were close to being over. She said everyone in the state needs to take this pandemic seriously, especially at this time.
Landers tells WDHN, even though cases have flattened, they have done so at the highest rate we have ever seen. She said it’s important for people to mask up and get their vaccine, especially as medical professionals wait for the data from the past couple of weeks to come in.