Alabama Counties That Have the Highest COVID-19 Infection Rates

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global health crisis that has affected every corner of the world. In the United States, efforts to combat the virus have included vaccination campaigns, mask mandates, and social distancing guidelines. Despite these efforts, the virus has continued to circulate, leading to surges in cases and, sadly, deaths. Alabama is no exception to this, and as of November 2022, it was still struggling with the impact of the virus.

In this article, we will explore the counties in Alabama with the highest COVID-19 infection rates. We will analyze the most recent data and discuss the challenges these communities face in their battle against the virus.

The Ongoing Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic has been characterized by waves of infection, with new variants like Delta and Omicron posing unique challenges. Despite widespread vaccination efforts, there are still pockets of communities where vaccine uptake remains low, leaving residents vulnerable to infection.

Alabama, like many other states, has experienced its share of challenges in the fight against COVID-19. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the state has reported over 98.1 million COVID-19 cases and more than 1 million COVID-19-related deaths as of November 16, 2022. These numbers underscore the ongoing threat of the virus.

County Rankings

Stacker compiled a list of the counties in Alabama with the highest COVID-19 infection rates using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and vaccination data from Covid Act Now. Counties were ranked based on the highest infection rate per 100,000 residents in the week leading up to November 10, 2022, with cumulative cases per 100,000 serving as a tiebreaker.

Here are the top 10 counties with the highest COVID-19 infection rates in Alabama:

#10. Morgan County, AL

  • New cases per 100k in the past week: 160
  • Cumulative cases per 100k: 36,428
  • Cumulative deaths per 100k: 450
  • Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.7%

#9. Madison County, AL

  • New cases per 100k in the past week: 178
  • Cumulative cases per 100k: 29,198
  • Cumulative deaths per 100k: 277
  • Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.6%

#8. Lauderdale County, AL

  • New cases per 100k in the past week: 183
  • Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,862
  • Cumulative deaths per 100k: 443
  • Population that is fully vaccinated: 48.0%

#7. Talladega County, AL

  • New cases per 100k in the past week: 184
  • Cumulative cases per 100k: 33,689
  • Cumulative deaths per 100k: 488
  • Population that is fully vaccinated: 37.6%

#6. Randolph County, AL

  • New cases per 100k in the past week: 238
  • Cumulative cases per 100k: 26,609
  • Cumulative deaths per 100k: 339
  • Population that is fully vaccinated: 33.9%

#5. Lamar County, AL

  • New cases per 100k in the past week: 246
  • Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,532
  • Cumulative deaths per 100k: 500
  • Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.1%

#4. Bullock County, AL

  • New cases per 100k in the past week: 267
  • Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,166
  • Cumulative deaths per 100k: 535
  • Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.3%

#3. Cleburne County, AL

  • New cases per 100k in the past week: 268
  • Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,008
  • Cumulative deaths per 100k: 476
  • Population that is fully vaccinated: 29.4%

#2. Clay County, AL

  • New cases per 100k in the past week: 340
  • Cumulative cases per 100k: 36,456
  • Cumulative deaths per 100k: 680
  • Population that is fully vaccinated: 43.2%

#1. St. Clair County, AL

  • New cases per 100k in the past week: 347
  • Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,217
  • Cumulative deaths per 100k: 485
  • Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.2%

Final Thoughts

The data shows that some counties in Alabama continue to grapple with high COVID-19 infection rates despite vaccination efforts. These communities face unique challenges in their fight against the virus, and it is crucial to continue promoting vaccination and public health measures to protect residents.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve with new variants, monitoring infection rates at the local level remains essential. Efforts to ensure access to healthcare services will be critical in keeping the pandemic from returning in Alabama and across the United States.

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