Lt. Governor: Alabama has higher COVID-19 cases than predicted


(WDHN) — Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth shared a set of statistics Wednesday showing where Alabama is faring along a prediction of model of COVID-19 cases.

Ainsworth said that along a 20 percent growth model, Alabama should have only had 1036 COVID-19 cases on April 1. Instead, it had 1,106, 70 cases higher than projected.

Ainsworth has been an outspoken critic of the state’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and predicted that we would see more than 245,000 cases, resulting in the hospitalization of 30,000 people and more than 6,382 ICU patients.

“There are already people out there that are infected, and we don’t even know yet,” he told capital bureau reporter Reshad Hudson. “But we got to do is make sure it quits spreading. If we can do that, then the curve will certainty flatten.”

To flatten the curve, Ainsworth asks citizens to continue practicing social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19.

As of this report, there are 1116 cases in Alabama, and 32 reported deaths, 17 of which are confirmed to be COVID-19-related

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