August 22, 2023
COVID-19 still present in Mobile County
MOBILE, Ala. — According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of total hospitalizations (up 14.3 percent) and total deaths (up 8.3 percent) in the United States related to COVID-19 have trended up in the recent week.
Locally, the Provisional Disease Report that was posted Monday showed 322 positive COVID-19 cases recorded last week by the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD). That brings the total this year to 5,786.
While these numbers are drastically lower than during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is an indication that coronavirus is still present in our community. MCHD will continue COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at its Festival Centre location (3725 Airport Boulevard, Suite 101-A, in Mobile) until Friday, September 29.
“Everyone can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no-cost from their local provider or pharmacy, as has been the case for some time,” said Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County. “And anyone who is high-risk and hasn’t already received the latest vaccine should do so as soon as possible to allow greater time to pass between receiving the current and new versions of the vaccine. It is the safest way to protect yourself, family, and friends from severe disease and hospitalization.”
The https://www.vaccines.gov/ website is an excellent resource for searching for available vaccines nearest your location. Those wishing to get their COVID-19 vaccine from Family Health – the primary care division of MCHD – may make an appointment by calling 251-690-8889.