COVID-19 hospitalizations up more than 45% in Alabama

COVID-19 hospitalizations up more than 45% in Alabama
Alabama has seen its COVID-19 hospitalization rate climb by 45 percent in recent weeks. (Source: Pixabay)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Hospitalizations from COVID-19 have increased more than 45% in the last month in Alabama.

Statistics released by the Alabama Department of Public Health on Monday showed 1,174 people hospitalized with the disease after the weekend.

That’s roughly the same number as in mid-August when caseloads spiked following the July 4 holiday.

Health experts fear that intensive care units could again reach near capacity unless more people adhere to the state rule requiring face masks in public anytime social distancing can’t be maintained.

More than 3,080 people have died of the illness in the state.

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