‘This is an emergency right now’: UAB doctor on Delta variant, rising cases in Alabama

  • Source: AL.com
  • Published: 07/21/2021 12:00 AM

Alabama currently ranks last the nation in COVID-19 vaccination rate, with only a third of the state population fully vaccinated and the Delta variant running rampant. Vaccinations in Alabama have slowed to a near standstill. As of late week, Alabama’s positivity rate ranked among the top five in the nation. Hospitalizations have doubled. The Alabama Department of Public Health resumed its daily updates due to the surge, and all the while, the Delta variant is here, accounting for 85 percent of COVID-19 cases at one Alabama lab. We asked Dr. Michael Saag, director of the Division of Infectious Disease at UAB, several pressing questions about our current COVID situation, which he considers a major emergency in our state and country.



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