COVID-19 ‘out of control’ in Alabama, health official warns

COVID-19 ‘out of control’ in Alabama, health official warns

The novel coronavirus is “out of control” in Alabama, warned a state health official this week.

Alabama has reported some 225,910 cases of COVID-19 to date, according to data from the state health department. The rolling daily average of new cases has increased over the past two weeks to 684, representing a 50% jump. Current estimates show that one in every 342 people in the state has tested positive for the virus in the past week alone.

“It’s out of control,” Dr. Donald Williamson, the president of the Alabama Hospital Association and former director of the state health agency, said during a news conference, according to a local news outlet. “Our ability to contain the virus has been lost.”

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“We have everything necessary to have a disaster between now and the end of December,” Williamson warned as Thanksgiving and the holiday season approach.

While only 14% of the intensive care beds in state hospitals are empty and a few

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