According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), 25% or more of Greene county’s adults, over the age of 16 have received one or more doses of coronavirus vaccine. The ADPH Coronavirus Dashboard, on the state’s website, shows that as of March 30, 2021 there were 2,927 does of vaccine administered to Greene County adults. This includes 2,081 who received one shot and 874 who are fully vaccinated with two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. In a press release yesterday, the ADPH says 25% of adult residents of 35 Alabama counties including: Greene, Marengo, Hale, Wilcox, Perry, Lowndes, Dallas, Sumter, Choctaw, Monroe, Washington, Macon and Bullock in the Black Belt, have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. Last Wednesday, March 24, a total of 396 people were vaccinated at the Health Department in downtown Eutaw and a special vaccination site administered by the National Guard at the Greenetrack parking lot. In all, the National Guard has administered 3,738 shots in 24 Alabama rural counties as part of a targeted effort that began last week. The ADPH says in its press release that, “Successful public health efforts to achieve vaccine equity have resulted in higher vaccine uptake among African American residents of Black Belt counties.” This comes after an initial period where immunization of African-Americans, who are more vulnerable to the disease, lagged behind in vaccinations. 64% of the most vulnerable populations above the age of 75 have received one dose or more in Alabama as of yesterday. ADPH says. “People in this age group are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. As we age, our immune cells become more difficult to activate. ADPH maximized our limited vaccine resources to help protect these Alabama residents. Regrettably, 78.8 percent of Alabamians who have died due to COVID-19 are age 65 and older. Vulnerable older residents have been prioritized in our Vaccine Allocation Plan for that reason.” ADPH says that supply remains an issue, as there is not yet enough vaccine available for everyone who would like to be vaccinated. The state continues to receive more vaccine distribution from the Federal government and hopes to make shots available to all who want the by the end of April 2021. ADPH encourages the use of facial coverings after the state mandate ends on April 9, 2021. Masks or other facial coverings will no longer be a mandate after April 9, but ADPH reminds everyone that masks remain one of the most successful tools to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Many businesses and healthcare facilities will continue to require facial coverings in their facilities. Hospitals and nursing homes are under federal guidance that supports the use of facial coverings, and we anticipate the requirement for facial coverings to remain in place at those facilities.
Mar. 29, 2021 (GIN) – Africa is experiencing a second coronavirus wave more severe than the first, according to a worrying new study published on March 24 by the medical journal The Lancet. The Lancet said one reason for the rise was that some countries were implementing fewer public health measures such as mask wearing and social distancing, probably from adherence fatigue and economic necessity. The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic progressed more slowly in Africa than the rest of the world, but by December 2020, the second wave appeared to be much more aggressive with many more cases, the medical journal found. To date, the pandemic situation in all 55 African Union (AU) Member States has not been comprehensively reviewed, the panels of doctors said. “With further waves of COVID-19 infections expected in Africa, the authors wrote, “we are calling for continued monitoring of COVID-19 data, improvements to testing capacity, and renewed efforts to adhere to public health measures.” The report is the first-ever continent-wide analysis. “These insights also reveal a need to improve testing capacity and reinvigorate public health campaigns, to re-emphasize the importance of abiding by measures that aim to strike a fine balance between controlling the spread of COVID-19 and sustaining economies and people’s livelihoods,” said Dr John Nkengasong, from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). Out of the 55 African Union countries the most coronavirus-related deaths occurred in South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Meanwhile, more African countries have received the long-awaited first deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines, with Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and Lesotho benefiting from a global initiative called COVAX that aims to ensure doses for the world’s low-and middle-income nations. African and other health officials have been frustrated by the sight of a handful of rich countries rolling out vaccines after snapping up large amounts for themselves. “We will be known as the continent of COVID” if Africa doesn’t quickly reach its target of vaccinating 60% of its population of 1.3 billion people, Dr. Nkengasong said. So far Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Angola, Gambia and Congo also have received their first vaccine doses via COVAX, with several other countries including Mali, Senegal, Malawi and Uganda set to receive them this week. The numbers are still disappointing the World Health Organization which this week called the African continent “lagging” in the race to vaccinate its people against the deadly coronavirus. Africa needs far greater access to COVID-19 vaccines to reach its goal of vaccinating 60 percent of the population by June 2022, the world health body said.
As of January 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM (according to Alabama Political Reporter) Alabama had 429,655 confirmed cases of coronavirus,(21,807) more than last week with 6,283 deaths (710 more than last week) Greene County had 765 confirmed cases, (27 more cases than last week), with 23 deaths Sumter Co. had 896 cases with 26 deaths Hale Co. had 1,795 cases with 42 deaths
As of January 12, 2021 at 9:30 AM (according to Alabama Political Reporter) Alabama had 407,848 confirmed cases of coronavirus, (23,664) more than last week with 5,573 deaths (579 more than last week) Greene County had 738 confirmed cases, (29 more cases than last week), with 20 deaths Sumter Co. had 890 cases with 26 deaths Hale Co. had 1,695 cases with 42 deaths
As of November 24, 2020 at 1:24 PM (according to Alabama Political Reporter) Alabama had 236,865 confirmed cases of coronavirus, (13,379 more than last week) with 3,427 deaths (125 more than last week) Greene County had 413 confirmed cases, (31 more cases than last week), with 17 deaths Sumter Co. had 562 cases with 22 deaths Hale Co. had 932 cases with 31 deaths
As of November 4, 2020 at 11:20 AM (according to Alabama Political Reporter) Alabama had 197,777 confirmed cases of coronavirus, (10,599 more than last week) with 3,006 deaths (95 more than last week) Greene County had 354 confirmed cases, (18 more cases than last week), with 17 deaths Sumter Co. had 490 cases with 21 deaths Hale Co. had 816 cases with 30 deaths
As of October 28, 2020 at 11:10 AM (according to Alabama Political Reporter) Alabama had 187,706 confirmed cases of coronavirus, (13,178 more than last week) with 2,911 deaths (106 more than last week) Greene County had 436 confirmed cases, (7 more cases than last week), with 16 deaths Sumter Co. had 477 cases with 21 deaths Hale Co. had 780 cases with 30 deaths