Alabama climbs past 8,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Nearly two months after Alabama reported its first case of COVID-19, the statewide number of confirmed cases has risen to approximately 8,500, according to the latest data from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
There have been approximately 109,500 tests conducted in Alabama so far.
As of Wednesday, ADPH’s data map shows 340 people have died from the respiratory virus, and 134 of those deaths were long-term care residents. Long-term care residents make up about 39 percent of the state’s death toll.
Over 550 long-term care employees have tested positive for the virus and over 850 long-term care residents have tested positive. Over 1,200 health care workers in Alabama have tested positive.
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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, or IHME, currently projects Alabama’s death rate to hit 2,300 by August.
Alabama is in the process of restarting its economy despite limited testing and an a continued increase in case numbers. Gov. Kay Ivey’s safer-at-home order went into effect at the beginning of the month, allowing some businesses to reopen with restrictions. Other businesses like close contact services, entertainment venues, and athletic facilities must remain closed.
Health officials are watching to see if the state has any upswing in illnesses after Ivey lifted a stricter stay-at-home order. State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said the state should know by around May 10 whether data suggests a rebound.
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The city of Montgomery is urging, but not requiring, residents to wear masks in public to help stop the spread of the pandemic. Meanwhile, a curfew for the city and county is ongoing from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for an indefinite time period.
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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