MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris addressed the media Friday to discuss the latest updates and mitigation efforts on COVID-19 in Alabama.

This press conference comes one week after Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency declaration in efforts to help healthcare facilities handle the recent rise of hospitalizations due to the virus.

Alabama has seen roughly 4,000 new reported cases of COVID-19 every day for the past five days, Dr. Harris said, bringing the total number of cases in the state since the pandemic began in March 2020 to over 650,000.

You can watch the full Q&A session with Dr. Harris in the video player above.