DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — COVID-19 numbers in Alabama are on the decline, and churchgoers are seeing this as a blessing as Easter approaches.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are sitting at their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic. With only a 2.5% positivity rate in the state and counties in the Wiregrass sitting at low to moderate transmission rates, churchgoers are glad to see this improvement so close to Easter Sunday.

While many churches were in person just last Easter, some felt they needed to still keep their distance when it came to Sunday mornings.

“Stayed in close, worship where we could on TV, thoughts, and prayers, but we stayed in,” First Baptist Church of Dothan attendee, Randy Herring said.

Last Easter, there were over 300 people in the hospital with COVID-19 statewide, now the latest data from the Alabama Department of Public Health says only 79 people in the state are hospitalized due to COVID.

In the Wiregrass, Southeast Health is only treating ten patients who are fighting the virus. This is a far cry from where the state was just a year ago.

Now with one of the most prominent holiday’s in the Christian faith fastly approaching churchgoers are glad to see that COVIDis not as much of an obstacle this easter.

“It’s in our faith to come to church, to be here. It’s good to see people coming back, it is low, but your faith brings you back,” Herring said.

While the COVID-19 numbers are at a low as of now, the CDC is constantly tracking new variants and recommends remaining cautious and staying up to date with boosters and vaccines.