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ADPH says the state is at a "tipping point" with rise in cases

Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health encourages people to wear masks, social distance, and maintain respiratory hygiene.

MADISON COUNTY, Ala — Coronavirus cases have slightly trended upward in Alabama, sparking some concern for another "wave" of infected people.

What does that mean?

Dr. Karen Landers, Assistant State Health Officer with the Alabama Department of Public Health says another "wave" means a number of cases peaking, and straining our health care system. 

A "wildfire", another term, is the virus spreading until it "burns" out and there's "no end in sight".

Landers says we're not at either, but we're certainly at a "tipping point".

"We actually still have the opportunity to reduce these cases if we go back to remembering what works, and that is the very simple, and very straight forward, of the social distancing, respiratory hygiene, and the use of a cloth face covering," says Landers.

Landers says last week, more than 800 patients were hospitalized with the virus. Today, over a thousand.