The latest numbers on coronavirus cases in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has updated its case count to include 202,473 confirmed cases, in addition to 24,451 hospitalizations, and 3,240 deaths connected to the virus since the pandemic first began.
Of the final count, the ADPH cited 40,401 probable COVID-19 cases that have yet to be confirmed in addition to 332 deaths that could possibly be attributed to complications caused by the virus.
According to the ADPH, all 67 counties have confirmed positive coronavirus cases. Jefferson County has the highest number of coronavirus cases with 30,062 cases.
After the Jefferson County Department reported 33 deaths due to COVID-19 Nov. 11, the county health officer Dr. Mark Wilson offered clarification in a statement provided Thursday to CBS 42.
“Many of the extra COVID-19 deaths were deaths that occurred earlier, even as far back as July or August. This is because there were some deaths that were not immediately identified as related to COVID-19, but upon review of deaths certificates there determined to be COVID-19 deaths. There can be a delay of several weeks or even months in getting a death certificate signed and then reviewed, especially if someone died at home.”
Mobile County has the second-highest number with 15,734 and Montgomery County has 11,482 cases.
As of Wednesday, the ADPH stated that approximately 1,567,713* people have been tested. And in the last two weeks, the department reports roughly 29,786 coronavirus cases. In a newer feature on the dashboard, the ADPH cites 161,946 presumed recoveries. This number will be updated weekly, according to the website.
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 school students transitioned to online learning on April 6. In August, many students returned to the classroom with remote learning options available. For the first time in nine weeks, Birmingham City Schools students returned to school for in-person instruction Monday. However, multiple schools, including schools in Pickens and Blount counties, have either shut down or transitioned to online learning this week due to an uptick in coronavirus cases. According to ADPH as of Tuesday, Tuscaloosa County Schools had the most coronavirus cases in the state of any school system.
The latest coronavirus numbers come at a time when the state has taken enacted restrictions to keep people safe, as part of a multi-phase reopening plan. On Nov. 5, Gov. Kay Ivey extended Alabama’s “Safer at Home” order until Dec. 11. Her decision to concurrently ease Alabama business occupancy restrictions was met with strong criticism from a number of health experts in the state.
On March 19, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide health order to better contain the virus. 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.
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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