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COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 is again on the rise in Alabama after weeks in decline.

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More than 130 people are being treated statewide for the first time since March. State statistics show hospitalizations crept up this week to reach 132 on Thursday.

That's still only a fraction of the number of people who were hospitalized when the pandemic was at its worst.

Then, about 3,000 patients filled beds. About 19,650 people have died of COVID-19 in the state.

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say the state has the nation's fourth-highest death rate, with 402 fatalities for every 100,000 residents.

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