Coronavirus in Alabama: 41,362 cases, 983 deaths; UAB Dr. Saag speaks about record-breaking increase


The latest numbers on coronavirus cases in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) updated its case count to 41,362 positive coronavirus cases, 983 confirmed deaths connected to the virus, and 2,883 hospitalizations statewide.

According to the ADPH, all 67 counties have confirmed positive coronavirus cases. Jefferson County now has the highest number of coronvirus cases with 4,802 cases. Montgomery County has the second highest number with 3,947 and Mobile County has 3,904 cases.

The ADPH stated that approximately 430,128* people had been tested. And in the last two weeks, the department reports roughly 12,273 coronavirus cases. In a new feature on the dashboard, the ADPH cites 22,082 presumed recoveries. This number will be updated weekly, according to the website.

Numbers posted June 29 reflected a surge, but because of test results that came in later. A message posted by the ADPH reads as follows.

“The total daily case count for June 27 that we reported on the dashboard today, June 28, shows 105. The automatic feeds from laboratories that make up the majority of the SARS-CoV-2 lab reports received did not process. The backlog for June 27 should be fixed and reflected in the June 28 daily total on the dashboard which will occur in tomorrow’s update. Therefore the June 29 update will include the lab results from June 27 and 28. This also affects the total Confirmed Cases and Total Tested numbers that appear on the dashboard today and tomorrow.”

ADPH is updating the confirmed cases up to the minute and case numbers may change according to its database. The first confirmed death was reported by the Jackson County Commission on March 25.

The rising number of cases over the past couple of weeks has caused many parts of Alabama’s economic engine to either partially or totally close. Public schools are closed for the remainder of the year, with students transitioning to online learning on April 6.

The latest coronavirus numbers come at a time when the state has taken very lengthy measures to keep people safe. On April 3, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide stay-at-home health order that went into effect at 5 p.m. on April 5.

On March 19, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide health order to better contain the virus.

“Despite our best efforts, the threat of the COVID-19 virus continues to spread and, unfortunately, we have not yet reached peak impact,” Ivey said in a statement regarding the health order. “The decision to place regulations upon Alabamians living in Jefferson County and its surrounding counties was an effort to contain the area in which the virus has been prevalent in our state.”

That same day, the Jefferson County Department of Health announced their own health order regarding businesses in the area to keep crowds from gathering, mirrored by similar moves by other parts of the country. The JCDH has since loosened its restrictions as the numbers of cases in the county have gone done.

*Total tested primarily represents tests that were satisfactorily performed by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL), along with some data from commercial labs. Commercial labs are required, by law, to report positive tests to ADPH. Some commercial labs do not report negative specimens.


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