488 dead from COVID-19, Alabama surpasses 12,000 cases

488 dead from COVID-19, Alabama surpasses 12,000 cases
Coronavirus numbers across the state of Alabama. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - As of Monday morning, 488 people have died from COVID-19 in Alabama, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Alabama’s total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has surpassed 12,000. ADPH reports over 154,694 people have been tested.

In the last 14 days, 3,928 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 60,928 tests have been reported to the state.

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Over 1,400 have been hospitalized since March 13.

Jefferson, Mobile, and Montgomery are reporting the highest numbers:

  • Jefferson: 1,350 cases, 74 dead
  • Mobile: 1,720 cases, 101 dead
  • Montgomery: 860 cases, 20 dead

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The latest safer at home order is set to expire on Friday.

TIMELINE: How we got to this point

Alabama was one of the last states without a confirmed case of COVID-19, but that changed by mid-March and the cases and deaths have been climbing ever since.

March 13

A Montgomery County resident who traveled outside the state returned and, after not feeling, was tested for COVID-19. The results came back positive on March 13, marking the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Alabama. That person was hospitalized but later released.

Gov. Kay Ivey declares a state of emergency.

By the end of the day, there were six confirmed cases across the state.

March 19

The state gets more aggressive with its efforts to combat COVID-19. Gov. Kay Ivey, along with the Alabama Department of Public Health, issued a health order that puts statewide restrictions on restaurants, hospital visitors, daycares, beaches, and more.

Preschools and childcare centers are also ordered to close.

By the end of the day, there are 78 confirmed cases across the state.

March 25

Twelve days passed from the time Alabama reported its first confirmed case to that of death as a result of COVID-19. The victim was a Jackson County resident.

By the end of this day, the state had confirmed 386 cases of COVID-19.

March 26

Ivey says the state’s public school students will not return to their classrooms for the 2020 academic year.

The state is now dealing with at least 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

March 28

Gov. Kay Ivey orders several types of “nonessential” businesses to be closed until April 17 as the state expands its efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By the end of this day, more than 600 people have tested positive and at least three people have died.

April 3 and 4

By this point, more than 30 states have issued stay-at-home orders to stem the spread of the respiratory virus. Gov. Ivey, under pressure for resisting such a move, follows suit with an order that went into effect the day after her announcement.

“I want to get straight to the point,” Ivey said while opening a news conference on the crisis. “Effective tomorrow [Saturday] at 5 p.m. I am mandating a stay at home order for the entire state.”

The order was to be in effect through at least April 30.

Now three weeks into the state’s pandemic fight, there are 1,454 confirmed cases and 21 deaths.

April 17

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth and the Alabama Small Business Commission’s Emergency Task Force, a subcommittee of business leaders and members of the Alabama Legislature, announce their recommendations to the governor on how to reopen the state’s economy.

Ivey responds with thanks and says she will share the recommendations with her Coronavirus Task Force but says reopening the economy won’t be a quick or simple process.

“We will need to see declining cases, and stronger testing, over at least 14-days to make certain we don’t see a return in the spike up of the infection,” Ivey said about what is essential.

April 28

Gov. Ivey adopts a safer-at-home order to reopen the state’s economy in phases.

May 8

Ivey’s safer-at-home order is relaxed to allow groups of 10 or more people, as well as eases restrictions on many businesses, allowing them to reopen.

May 11

Ivey’s safer-at-home order goes into effect the same day as the state records its 10,000th case and 400th death.

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