DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — One county in the Wiregrass now has the highest COVID-19 positivity transmission rate in the state of Alabama.

Coffee County has a positivity rate of 10.4% and is the only county in the Wiregrass and state listed as ‘high risk’ for the spread of the coronavirus. This means the county has a positivity rate higher than 10%.

With omicron’s subvariant, BA.2.12.1 now accounting for 37 percent of all new coronavirus cases in the country, experts warn the importance of staying vigilant and being ready for a summer and fall surge.

“Our hope is that you may have some protection from the subvariant from recent infections and because so many people were infected during the omicron surge some people may have some immunity,” Dr. Stubblefield with the Alabama Department of Public Health said. “We are getting close to the end of that where that immunity can be counted on.”

Dr. Stubblefield warns if not enough protection has been built up, mixed with low vaccination rates, a summer, and fall surge can certainly happen. This is why they say it’s important to get vaccinated and practice current coronavirus guidelines.