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Hospitalizations on the rise in Baldwin

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In terms of the COVID-19 data, these next few weeks should be very interesting here in Baldwin County.

“Hospitalizations,” perhaps the most useful coronavirus stat, are on the rise in Baldwin County.

A total of six new hospitalizations were added to the Baldwin County column between Nov. 23-30, according to the Department of Public Health’s data. By contrast, there were no new hospitalizations during the first two weeks of November and only two during the third week of November.

Statewide, meanwhile, there were roughly 2,200 current COVID-19 hospitalizations as of earlier this week, which is the most in the Peach State since the final week of August.

Many health experts, of course, have predicted another coronavirus surge following Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Children more represented in the data

Roughly one-in-five new confirmed cases around Baldwin County during the last two weeks have been children (17 and under), according to DPH stats. Twelve percent of all new cases during the last two weeks have come from the 10-17 age range, which actually is outpacing people in the 25-34 age range, as well as those who are 80 and over.

Prior to October, children were making up less than 10 percent of new cases in Baldwin County. Since that time, however, that percentage has roughly doubled.