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17 dead, 1,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Alabama

Updated: Apr. 1, 2020 at 9:32 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - As of Wednesday morning, there are over 1,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the state of Alabama.

According to the data map from ADPH, over 7,700 people have been tested and 17 people have been confirmed to have died from COVID-19.

ADPH says there have been 26 deaths reported but not all have been confirmed to have been related to the virus.

Here is a breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 deaths by county according to ADPH:

  • Chambers- 4
  • Jackson- 1
  • Jefferson- 1
  • Lauderdale- 1
  • Lee- 2
  • Madison- 1
  • Mobile- 2
  • Montgomery- 1
  • Shelby- 2
  • Tallapoosa- 1
  • Washington- 1

According to ADPH, reported deaths represent the number of individuals who have a positive lab result and are now deceased. To count a person who died from COVID-19 disease, the medical record of the deceased person has to be reviewed by a physician and the Infectious Disease and Outbreak staff. Once a review is complete, if the death is attributed to COVID-19, the individual will be added to the official death count. The reported deaths total is a cumulative number and does not decrease once a death has been confirmed to be from COVID-19.

Montgomery County officials confirmed the first coronavirus-related death of a patient on Monday. Initially, officials were looking into the primary cause of death but it was later determined the person had died from the virus.

Lee County still has the most confirmed cases in our area at 75. Montgomery County has 31 confirmed cases, Elmore County remains at 13 confirmed cases and Autauga County has seven confirmed cases. The latest numbers for each county are available online from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

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