Alabama hits new high of 2,283 COVID-19 cases Thursday

Alabama hits new high of 2,283 COVID-19 cases Thursday
Alabama COVID-19 statistics as of July 23. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Public Health reported a record 2,283 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. That reversed a two-day trend in which the state saw numbers dip to the 1300s.

Alabama’s 7-day average is currently 1,791 new cases per day. In the last 14 days there have been 23,206 new cases with a 14 percent positive test rate during that period.

The state’s total number of cases stood at 72,696 and another 1,500 cases remain under investigation.

Montgomery County reported 100 new cases and three deaths Thursday. Mobile had 354 new cases and two deaths. And Jefferson County confirmed 277 new cases and seven deaths.

New data from ADPH shows a six-day stretch of records was snapped at 1,619 when on Wednesday they dropped to 1,536. But Thursday brought the total back to 1,585. That’s off from the high by just 34 patients. While the exact reason for the drop was unclear, Wednesday set a state record with 57 deaths.

Montgomery’s four primary hospitals are treating a combined 142 patients with 46 at Jackson Hospital and 96 at Baptist Health’s three facilities.

The state reported 32 fatalities Thursday, bringing the death toll up to 1,357. Another 40 deaths are deemed probable.

Alabama has conducted 618,000 tests since the pandemic began. Of the more than 70,000 positive cases that have been confirmed, ADPH presumes 32,500 of these people have since recovered.

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