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State’s COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations begin trending down

The number of Alabamians hospitalized with COVID-19-related symptoms is decreasing slightly this week — 2,798 on Monday — after reaching a high of more than 3,084 last week, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s dashboard.

More than 1,400 new cases were reported Monday, a state holiday, but seven-day averages are trending down, according to the independent site Bamatracker.

This week, ADPH added a map of vaccine providers to its dashboard, but warned that supplies are extremely limited. The virus continues to force schools around the state to provide virtual learning options for students and State Superintendent Eric Mackey last week said it would likely be late spring before the vaccine was available to all teachers who want it.

The state’s current Safer at Home public health order, which includes a requirement for people to wear masks in public indoor spaces, is set to expire Friday, if not renewed by Gov. Kay Ivey before then.

Since the spring, there have been more than 424,000 cases of the virus and 6,121 deaths, according to ADPH. 

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