MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health officials are beginning to issue color-coded rankings on the spread of COVID-19 in counties.
On Saturday, much of the state was listed as high or moderately high.
State Health Officer Scott Harris said in a telephone interview this week that the display is meant to give people and local officials information in a form that is “easy to see.”
He said the department will eventually offer guidance based on the rankings, but the state will not issue mandated closures based on it.
Health officials have expressed concern over the continuing upward trend in cases.
As of Saturday, Alabama had more than 29,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and 828 confirmed deaths.