The latest numbers on coronavirus cases in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Thursday morning, the Alabama Department of Public Health updated its case count to 1,116 positive coronavirus cases and 32 reported deaths from the virus, including the first in Jefferson County connected to the virus.
Jefferson County remains the county with the largest number of cases at 305. Madison County has the next highest amount of cases at 107.
Approximately 7,774* people have been tested, according to ADPH. 62 out of the 67 counties in Alabama have confirmed cases. In a new feature on the dashboard, the ADPH cites that of the 32 deaths reported, 17 have been confirmed to be caused by the illness.
ADPH is updating the confirmed cases up to the minute and case numbers may change according to its database.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On March 28, the Alabama Department of Public Health updated its case count to 720 positive coronavirus cases in Alabama.
Jefferson County remains the county with the largest number of cases at 214. Shelby County has the next highest amount of cases at 72.
4,755* people have been tested, according to ADPH.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama has gone up to 678 Saturday afternoon with a total of three deaths since the outbreak first started in the state.
The most recent numbers were released by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Saturday. Jefferson County has 189 cases, making it the county with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the state.
With the latest number, 53 of Alabama’s 67 counties have confirmed coronavirus cases. Approximately 4,755* people have been tested through ADPH.
The newest numbers include three deaths that have been confirmed by the department to have been connected to the virus. The first confirmed death was reported by the Jackson County Commission Wednesday afternoon. Details on where the other two deaths were located were not released from the ADPH Friday morning. Another death was reported in Mobile County, but the ADPH is investigating to see if it was linked to the virus.
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 also out through at least April 6.
The latest coronavirus numbers come at a time when the state has taken very lengthy measures to keep people safe. On Thursday, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide health order to better contain the virus.
The order laid out the following guidelines through April 5:
- All non-work-related gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. This Order shall apply to all gatherings, events or activities that bring 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time.
- Any restaurant, bar, brewery or similar establishments shall not permit on-premise consumption of food or drink. Governor Ivey continues to encourage patrons to visit their local eateries for take-out or delivery provided the social distancing protocols include maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between persons are followed.
- All beaches will be closed effective today at 5 p.m. For clarification, the term “beach” means the sandy shoreline area abutting the Gulf of Mexico, whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points.
- Preschools and childcare centers will be closed effective at close of school or business today. This shall not apply to licensed childcare centers that provide services exclusively to employees with: State and Local Governments, First Responders (including EMS and Fire Services), Law Enforcement, Hospitals, Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities), End Stage Renal Disease Treatment Centers, Pharmacies and grocery stores.
- Effective immediately, all Hospitals and Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities) shall prohibit visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations such as maternity and end-of-life.
- All elective dental and medical procedures shall be delayed, effective immediately.
“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.
Alabama public schools remain closed through at least April 6, pending further review from the Alabama State Department of Education.
**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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