A report from Johns Hopkins is just the latest dose of sobering news regarding the spread of the coronavirus in Alabama. The new statistics say one out of every 342 Alabamians tested positive for the virus last week. That’s a jump of 50% in new COVID cases during the past two weeks. The president of the Alabama Hospital Association says the illness is "out of control" in the state. The main concern appears to be large holiday gatherings, which may spread the virus even more and result in a wave of illness that won't diminish for weeks. State health officials believes the crisis won’t ease until after the holidays. The University of Alabama is offering exit testing for students each weekday through next Tuesday to help make sure the virus is not carried home for the holidays.