Public health officials say cases of COVID-19 could rise during the winter as people spend more time inside
With cases of COVID-19 on the decline yet still less than half the stateâ€™s residents fully vaccinated, plans are underway for next yearâ€™s Mardi Gras celebration in Mobile with parades, float and balls.
Venues like the cityâ€™s convention centers already are fully booked, and the first major parade is set to roll on Feb. 10, WPMI-TV reported. The pandemic forced the cancellation of most events this year, so groups that stage the parades and other events are ready to go.
â€œMystic organizations are putting on finishing touches on their costumes, on their float designs for those parades that are going to hit the street. For those non-parading groups theyâ€™re also busy just as well. So we have over 80 mystic organizations here in Mobile and they are all planning I can assure you,â€� said Judi Gulledge, executive director of the Mobile Carnival Museum.
Public health officials say cases of COVID-19 could rise during the winter as people spend more time inside, and theyâ€™re keeping a watch out for virus variants that could result in another increase in hospitalizations. But health officials are hopeful that COVID-19 vaccinations will help prevent another crisis that fills hospitals.
More than 15,670 people have died of COVID-19 in Alabama, giving the state the nationâ€™s second-highest rate of per capita deaths. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent show about 42% of the state is fully vaccinated, one of the worst rates nationally.
While New Orleans holds the nationâ€™s largest Mardi Gras celebration, Mobile claims to have the oldest Mardi Gras and events are held all over the Gulf Coast.
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