MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Sunday will mark a grim anniversary. Two years ago, the coronavirus pandemic became a part of life in Alabama.
It was March 13, 2020. The Alabama Department of Public Health announced the state’s first case of COVID-19 after a Montgomery County resident tested positive. ADPH said they traveled out of state. The patient was treated at Baptist Medical Center East and then released.
Alabama was the second-to-last state in the nation to report a case behind West Virginia.
In response to the first case, Alabama took precautions. Schools have moved to virtual learning. Restaurants and hair salons have closed. The state’s first official COVID-19 death was reported on March 25, 2020. According to ADPH, the patient, a Jackson County resident, had underlying medical conditions and died at a facility. out of state.
In the two years since, more than 1.2 million cases have been reported in Alabama, the ADPH reported Friday. Of these, more than 18,000 have died, nearly 80% of whom were people over the age of 65.
The rapid spread of the disease has been accompanied by rapid advances in medical research, which have resulted in several highly effective vaccines. So far, more than 2.8 million of Alabama’s 5 million population have received one or more doses of the vaccine. About 2.3 million of those Alabamians have completed their series of vaccines.
There have been several spikes, and the terms “Delta” and “Omicron” may stick in residents’ minds for the rest of their lives.
Two years into the pandemic, there is some respite. Alabama and much of the rest of the country continue to see a downward trend in the spread of new COVID cases.
Alabama’s test positivity has fallen to 3.5% and hospitals are treating about 290 hospitalized COVID patients.
Two years later, nearly the state’s population and its economy appear to have returned to a familiar way of life seen before the pandemic arrived in Alabama.
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