973 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Friday

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973 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Friday
Coronavirus statistics as of Oct. 23. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - As of Friday, Oct. 23, the Alabama Department of Public Health reports there have been 180,916 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the disease was first discovered here in mid-March. (155,915 confirmed and 25,001 probable).

There were 973 new confirmed cases added Friday.

ADPH says it processed a backlog of 2,565 positive antigen results from a facility in Mobile Thursday that will be classified as “probable” COVID-19 cases reported on Oct. 22 even though the tests were performed during June through Oct. 18. ADPH said all labs are required by law to report all results (including positive and negative results) for SARS-CoV-2 to ADPH.

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Alabama’s confirmed and probable death toll stands at 2,859. (2,674 confirmed and 185 probable).

The state reports 19,448 people have been hospitalized since March 13. The state’s hospitals report 864 inpatients being treated for coronavirus as of Thursday.

There have been 74,439 presumed recoveries. ADPH says this number is updated weekly.

ALABAMA CORONAVIRUS DATA

If you are looking for food, work, or other assistance during the coronavirus pandemic, resources are available.

HOW TO GET TESTED/HEALTH INFO

There’s a testing hotline to provide info about available testing sites and hours of operation. Call 888-264-2256, give your zip code, and the nearest location to you will be provided.

A separate hotline for questions about COVID-19 is at 800-270-7268 or a general info email address is covid19info@adph.state.al.us.

The COVID-19 Tracker tool allows viewers to scroll through interactive maps and videos. Numbers are updated and new content is added daily.

A partnership between Walmart and Quest Diagnostics has made testing sites available to anyone who may be exhibiting symptoms as well as health care workers and first responders. All appointments will be drive-thru and in the Walmart parking lots and will be guided by Walmart pharmacist volunteers and Quest employees.

MONTGOMERY/COUNTY INFORMATION

Montgomery has a text alert system to provide the latest information on the coronavirus. To register, text MGMSAFE to 888-777 or visit mgmready.com. This is for anyone living in Montgomery, Montgomery County, or Pike Road.

STATE OF ALABAMA

The State of Alabama has launched the website altogetheralabama.org - an online resource that is a hub of information for the state’s response to coronavirus.

A separate website provides real-time answers to questions about everything from COVID-19, a symptom checker developed by UAB, and information on testing site locations.

FOOD ASSISTANCE

  • Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Act which gives people a bump in the amount of SNAP benefits they can receive. To apply for SNAP benefits you can go online to myalabama.gov.
  • The Montgomery Area Food Bank has a way for residents to easily find food pantries and help.
  • The City of Montgomery has a food access hub offering an interactive map that lists providers offering free meals to students and others in need.

UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

If you are unable to work due to COVID-19, you will be eligible to seek unemployment benefits.

Workers can file for benefits online or by calling 1-866-234-5382. Online filing is encouraged.

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES

WSFA 12 News has a tool to help you find businesses that are open during the coronavirus outbreak. Visit www.wsfa.com/shoplocal to browse businesses and add yours to the list.

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