The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 3,531 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the third consecutive day at least 3,000 cases have been added in a 24-hour period. Before this week, that had only happened once.
The high numbers on Tuesday and Wednesday included some backlogged cases from the Thanksgiving holiday, but Thursday’s total doesn’t seem to include older test results. If there are no old cases, Thursday’s total would be the highest the state has ever seen in a day without a backlog.
And the state is still breaking records for current virus hospitalizations – it reported more than 1,800 current virus inpatients for the first time ever on Wednesday. And Alabama’s 7-day positivity rate remains one of the highest in the nation.
Thursday’s high case count does come with more testing, as well. The state reported more than 12,400 tests Thursday, the highest daily total since Nov. 19.