CULLMAN, Ala. – Alabama hit a record-high number of COVID-19 hospitalizations Monday, with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) reporting 3,064 patients currently hospitalized with the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus statewide. This is the first time the daily COVID hospitalization number has been higher than 3,000.
State medical leaders point to Thanksgiving and Christmas parties, as well as community transmission as reasons behind the current surge.
Meanwhile, Cullman Regional on Monday reported 70 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19. It said 18 of those patients are on ventilators, with three additional patients on ventilators for other reasons. That means the hospital’s Critical Care Unit is running at 175% capacity. Last week, the hospital said it had created overflow space for these patients on the fourth floor.
Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 COVID-19 update from the Alabama Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard
Total confirmed cases in AL: 301,486 (+1,686 since yesterday)
Probable cases in AL: 72,609 (+475 since yesterday)
Total confirmed deaths in AL: 4,259 (+4 since yesterday)
Probable deaths in AL: 619
Total confirmed cases in Cullman Co.: 5,161 (+25 since yesterday)
Probable cases in Cullman Co.: 2,130 (+8 since yesterday)
Total confirmed deaths in Cullman Co.: 61 (+0 since yesterday)
Probable deaths in Cullman Co.: 17
Total tested in Cullman Co.: 31,792
Total tested in the last 14 days in Cullman Co.: 2,102
Cases in the last 14 days in Cullman Co.: 1,003
Total tested in Alabama: 1,903,388
Cases in the last 14 days in Alabama: 50,090
Total tested in the last 14 days in Alabama: 115,070
Currently hospitalized in Alabama: 3,064
Cumulative no. of hospitalizations in Alabama: 35,430
Presumed recoveries in Alabama (reported weekly): 202,137
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