Alabama breaks 1 million COVID-19 cases; Etowah County tops 1,000 in first two weeks of '22

Many states have been heavily affected by a recent surge in cases of COVID-19 because of the Omicron variant, and Alabama is no exception.

The state on Thursday reported a total of 1,004,622 cases since March 2020. In the first two weeks of 2022 alone, it has seen 85,371 cases. With a positivity rate of 41.1%, there is no county in the state with an overall transmission level lower than “high” as indicated on Alabama’s COVID-19 dashboard.

However, Alabama has only seen eight deaths related to COVID-19 so far in 2022. In total, the state has lost 16,641 people to COVID-19.

Hospitalizations in Alabama are also on an uptick, with UAB reporting on Tuesday that it had 193 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital. Of those, 48 patients are in the ICU and 30 of those have been placed on ventilators.

UAB said 135 of the 193 patients currently hospitalized are unvaccinated against the coronavirus. Thirty-six of the ICU patients are unvaccinated, with 22 of them on ventilators.

UAB didn't specify whether the vaccinated patients had received booster shots.

Alabama has administered a total of 5,542,507 vaccines. Of those, 2,757,437 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with an additional 2,241,104 reported to be fully vaccinated against the virus.

In addition, the state has administered 631,226 booster doses. In total, it has had 8,320,855 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine delivered to either federal programs or Alabama vaccine providers.

As for Etowah County, zero COVID-19 deaths have been reported so far in 2022; 530 deaths have been reported in total. However, cases have already broken into the thousands this year, with 1,472 being reported so far in the county.

In total, Etowah County has seen 22,449 cases of the virus. It also currently has a higher positivity rate than the state, at 44.4%.

Local school systems have also reported an uptick in cases. Attalla City Schools have reported 33 cases within its system, with Etowah County Schools reporting 273 and Gadsden City Schools having 195.

Etowah County reports that 105,624 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. 51,387 of those vaccinated have had at least one dose, with an additional 43,205 being fully vaccinated. The county has also administered 12,510 booster doses.

For more information about COVID-19, such as vaccine clinics and monoclonal antibody therapy locations, visit the Gadsden-Etowah Emergency Management Agency website at

This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: COVID-19 cases continue to climb in state, local schools

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