COVID-19 case, vaccine update: March 5

March 5, 2021 Cullman County COVID-19 update from Bama Tracker

Friday, March 5, 2021 COVID-19 update from the Alabama Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard Hub (

Case details

  • Total confirmed cases in AL: 391,369 (+697 since yesterday)
  • Probable cases in AL: 107,518 (+114 since yesterday)  
  • Total confirmed deaths in AL: 7,943 (+23 since yesterday)            
  • Probable deaths in AL: 2,179
  • Total confirmed cases in Cullman Co.: 6,164 (+5 since yesterday)
  • Probable cases in Cullman Co.: 2,827 (+2 since yesterday)
  • Total confirmed deaths in Cullman Co.: 120 (+1 since yesterday)
  • Probable deaths in Cullman Co.: 63
  • Total tested in Cullman Co.: 37,681
  • Total tested in the last 14 days in Cullman Co.: 3,089
  • Cases in the last 14 days in Cullman Co.: 179
  • Total tested in Alabama: 2,316,127
  • Cases in the last 14 days in Alabama: 14,115
  • Total tested in the last 14 days in Alabama: 174,299
  • Currently hospitalized in Alabama: 526
  • Cumulative no. of hospitalizations in Alabama (reported M-F): 45,807
  • Presumed recoveries in Alabama (reported weekly): 295,690

Important Notice (03/04/21) The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) processed a backlog of 2114 positive PCR results from a facility on 03/02/21 and 346 positive PCR results from the same facility on 03/03/21. These will be classified as confirmed COVID-19 cases reported on 03/03/21 and 03/04/21 even though the tests were performed since May 2020. **This affected the 14-day case numbers.

Vaccine details (updated Monday-Friday)

  • Doses delivered to Alabama: 1,489,515
  • Doses delivered to Alabama providers: 1,266,325
  • Doses administered: 1,035,868
  • Number of people receiving one or more doses: 663,213
  • Number of people who have completed vaccine series: 370,678
  • Doses delivered to federal Long-Term Care Program: 223,190
  • Doses administered by the federal Long-Term Care Program: 82,031

Alabamians in Phases 1a and 1b, as well as people older than 65, are eligible to receive a vaccine.  

View the Alabama COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Plan at: 

Daily update from ADPH

Threshold of 10,000 COVID-19 deaths crossed
Even as the rates of new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to decline across Alabama, the death toll has reached a new milestone. On March 3, Alabama surpassed 10,000 deaths of state residents from COVID-19. Since the first COVID-19 death in Alabama was reported last March, the vast majority (78.9%) of deaths have occurred among those age 65 and older, followed by people in the 50-64 year-old age range (16.7%), followed by those ages 25 to 49 (4.2%). Females represented 46.4% of deaths; males, 53.4; and 0.2, unknown. By race, 59.4% of decedents were white, 27.8% were black, 8.7% were race unknown, 0.3% were Asian, and 3.8% were of other races. Reported COVID-19 cases are now approaching 500,000.

CDC Social Vulnerability Index (SVI)
Social vulnerability is a term the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses to describe the vulnerability of a community to human suffering and financial loss in the event of a disaster. Social vulnerability refers to the potential negative effects on communities caused by external stresses on human health. Such stresses include natural or human-caused disasters, or disease outbreaks. Reducing social vulnerability can decrease both human suffering and economic loss.

CDC describes the Social Vulnerability Index (CDC SVI) as follows: CVI uses 15 U.S. census variables to help local officials identify communities that may need support before, during, or after disasters. CDC SVI is updated every 2 years based on U.S. Census Bureau data releases. The Census releases American Community Survey data in December of the year following the survey. Thus, there is a time differential in when it can produce and disseminate updates of CDC SVI.

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is reviewing the index to promote equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.  Nine counties will be part of the initial outreach.  The total population of these counties represents about 150,000 persons.  At this time, at least Barbour, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox counties are part of this effort as they are counties that rank lowest on this metric. More information about the index can be viewed at the following:

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
ADPH is excited to have the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine available as a single-dose vaccine. It prevents serious illness, hospitalization, and death just as effectively as other products that we have available.  This additional vaccine option will allow us to have vaccine available at more providers. The vaccine to take is the one that is first available to you; please don’t try to specially select one or pick and choose. Alabama is expected to receive 40,100 doses of the vaccine this week but has been notified not to expect any additional shipments, besides the initial one, for the next three weeks.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments that are no longer needed should be canceled
Please be considerate of others and cancel your scheduled COVID-19 vaccine appointment if you cannot make it or have received your vaccine at another provider or at a drive-thru clinic. This helps ensure that other people have access to appointments.

Second dose large-scale mass vaccination clinics continue this week
Eight large-scale mass vaccination clinics took place throughout the state Feb. 8-12. Attendees that received a Pfizer vaccine for their first dose should return to the same location this week to receive their second dose.

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