BY HEATHER GANN, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris tested positive for COVID-19 this week and is cautioning people that the virus has not gone away.
“While case numbers have declined recently in Alabama, this serves as a reminder that COVID-19 continues to circulate in our state,” Harris said Wednesday in a written statement. “The single best way to prevent serious illness or death is to be fully vaccinated and boosted.”
Harris tested positive on Tuesday and said his symptoms are mild and that he is fully vaccinated. He is isolating himself for the week in accordance with CDC guidelines.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, the majority of Alabama counties rank in the moderate to low category of COVID transmissions, meaning that per every 100,000 persons, there have been zero to fifty new cases over the past seven days.
According to the dashboard, 2.34 million Alabamians have received the full series of vaccinations.