Alabama confirms 1,263 COVID-19 cases Wednesday

Alabama confirms 1,263 COVID-19 cases Wednesday
Alabama COVID-19 statistics as of July 29. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 1,263 new positive COVID-19 tests Wednesday and 43 more deaths.

The state has reported 81,572 total cases of the disease since the pandemic’s spread to Alabama was first confirmed in mid-March. Of those, ADPH presumes 32,510, or about 40 percent, have since recovered, a figure that is updated once weekly.

The state’s total death toll stands at 1,489 with 49 more probable.

The latest figures come out as Gov. Kay Ivey announced an extension of the state’s safer at home order, which includes a mask requirement. The order, which was set to expire Friday, has been extended to Aug. 31.

The seven-day average for new cases has dropped slightly from 1,604 per day to 1,594. Over the past 14 days, ADPH data indicates 164,939 people have been tested. Of those, 21,947 had the disease for a positive test rate of 13.3 percent.

As for daily county case reports, Montgomery confirmed 47 new cases Wednesday, down from 70 the day before and 126 on Monday. The county’s seven-day average has dropped from 84 new cases per day to 79. Mobile reported 188 new cases and Jefferson added 127 for the day.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said it’s too early to show if the state’s curve is flattening out, adding that health officials are still seeing the effects of the July 4th holiday and that hospitals are setting all time highs for patients.

Record high statewide hospital inpatient rates were flat for the third day, dropping by just one patient since Monday to 1,598. ADPH reports there have been 9,893 hospitalizations due to the virus since the pandemic started.

In Montgomery, there are 143 patients being treated in the area’s four primary hospitals according to the latest information. That includes 94 at Baptist Health’s three facilities and 49 at Jackson Hospital as of Wednesday. UAB Hospital in Birmingham is treating 115 patients.

Harris said hospitals that are at maximum capacity can create alternate care sites or pop up hospitals, and that the Alabama National Guard is currently assessing locations for this.

ADPH has developed a dashboard on the state’s COVID-19 data. More features can be accessed by clicking here.

The ADPH also provides a color-code map showing the risk indicator for each of the state’s 67 counties. You can also view more details on each county by clicking here.

The Alabama Department of Corrections, which oversees more than 26,000 inmates, continues to report relatively few cases of the disease among prisoners and staff. That data is available here.

You can also review the latest data on not just Alabama, but every county in the nation by using this map. Hover over any county to see the numbers. The map is shaded to show the concentration of confirmed COVID-19 cases relative to the population in that county. The data is pulled from Johns Hopkins University.

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