Wiregrass counties see increased risk of COVID-19

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COFFEE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — With the exception of eight counties, all the other Alabama counties, 59 in total, are labeled as “very high” risk to contract standard COVID-19 or one of its variants.

Here in the Wiregrass, Coffee County’s E.M.A. director is sounding the alarm about how serious this health issue has become.

At Monday’s Coffee County Commission Meeting, Coffee County E.M.A Director, James Brown says the latest Covid-19 dashboard hub says the struggle is real.

All of the state’s Wiregrass counties are listed as very high risk. Coffee County has the highest percent positive rate at just under 25%.

Brown says the far majority of the new cases are those who haven’t been vaccinated.

“Two weeks ago, we had 71 cases, now we have 274 cases every 14 days. If we continue this rate in two weeks we are going to be where we were back in January,” Brown said. “So this one is going fast. There’s not a whole lot that we can do about it unless people start doing what they are supposed to do.”

And with the ever-increasing number of new COVID cases is taking its toll on health care and law enforcement.

“Naturally, it taxes our ems services, our firefighters, our law enforcement, dealing with COVID and puts everyone at an enhanced risk,” E-911 Director Dean Blair said.

As of last Friday, Alabama’s positive rate stood at 11.7%. 727 people were hospitalized for the virus statewide.

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