Huntsville COVID-19 team holds this week’s community briefing

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 11:22 AM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - The Huntsville-area COVID-19 team held a community briefing Wednesday afternoon.

Huntsville-Madison County EMA Director Jeff Birdwell was joined by Huntsville Hospital President & Chief Operating Officer Tracy Doughty and Alabama Department of Public Health District Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers.

Doughty said that the positivity rate in Madison County is 5.5% which is an increase from the 4.4% rate last week. He also said that Alabama has no confirmed cases of the Omicron variant but said that it’s not an ‘if’ we will get it but a ‘when’.

Landers spoke more on the variant and said that the data we are seeing is still very new. However, the data shows that the Omicron variant is at least as infectious as the Delta variant. Landers said there is a concern about the level of mutation the variant has but no signs show it to be any more dangerous than the previous variants.

Both Doughty and Landers said the best thing to do is get your vaccine and be smart when traveling this holiday season.

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