A recent study shows 25% of hospital workers have not received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. That’s alarming news for local hospital leaders. That data shows these hospital workers have direct contact with patients.
Dr. Wilson said one month ago the 7-day rolling average of positive cases in Jefferson County was 13. Right now, as of July 22, 2021, the 7-day average was 107. Wilson said that average case number will go up.
West Alabama’s largest hospital health system is seeing an increase in COVID-positive patients needing hospital care. Administrators are asking unvaccinated people to take steps that could protect them and others from the virus.
The current guidance from the CDC says people who are fully vaccinated don’t need to wear a facial covering when they’re out in public. However, if you’re in a large crowd of people and you don’t know their vaccine status, you may want to consider masking up.
Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are on the rise in Alabama. State health leaders tell us right now they are working several COVID-19 outbreaks. Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health calls it a “disturbing trend”.