Long-term care residents make up about 35% of Alabama’s COVID-19 death toll

Long-term care residents make up about 35% of Alabama’s COVID-19 death toll
WSFA 12 News Alabama coronavirus updates (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Over 8,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 across the state, according to the latest numbers from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

As of Monday, ADPH’s data map shows over 290 people have died from the respiratory virus and over 1,000 have been hospitalized statewide since March 13. The map also shows over 100,000 tests have been conducted.

In long-term care facilities in Alabama, over 500 employees and over 800 residents have been infected with COVID-19. The State Nursing Home Association confirms 83 nursing homes in 42 counties now have at least one case.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, the state said 107 residents in long-term care facilities have died from the virus. That’s about 35 percent of Alabama’s death toll.

The state’s new safer at home order kicked in Thursday at 5 p.m. The order allows some businesses to reopen with restrictions. Other businesses like close contact services, entertainment venues, and athletic facilities must remain closed.

The city of Montgomery is urging, but not requiring, residents to wear masks in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

ADPH has asked for personal protective equipment (PPE) donations. ADPH says they are asking for facemask donations for home health care patients. If you wish to donate, call 334-206-5696 or email ADPH at Choona.Lang@adph.state.al.us.

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