Hospital official: Coronavirus out of control in Alabama


Alabama Gov Kay Ivey announces that a statewide mask order will be extended through Oct. 2, 2020 during a press conference at the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Ivey said the state is seeing a drop in COVID-19 cases and that the requirement to wear masks will keep the numbers moving downward. (Kim Chandler/Associated Press)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Health officials say the new coronavirus is spreading so quickly through Alabama that COVID-19 is rampant, and there’s little hope of real improvement until weeks after the holiday.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say the rolling daily average of new cases over the last two weeks has increased by 684, a jump of about 50%. One in every 342 people in Alabama tested positive in the past week.

The president of the Alabama Hospital Association says the illness is “out of control” in the state.

Officials fear large holiday gatherings will spread the virus even more and result in a wave of illness that won’t diminish for weeks.

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