COVID-19 cases soar, likely accounting for holiday transmission

COVID-19 cases soar, likely accounting for holiday transmission
Alabama COVID-19 statistics as of Jan. 5, 2021. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama reported nearly 5,500 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, pushing the seven-day case average to nearly 4,000 per day.

This is one of a few times the state has exceed the 5,000 case mark. The Alabama Department of Public Health issued a notice stating some of the cases reported for the day were delayed by the recent holidays.

While it didn’t say how many, Tuesday’s total is still nearly 200 cases higher than the previous record.

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The alarming number of new cases reported Tuesday pushes the state’s weekly case count beyond 10,000. So far, 13 deaths have been reported this week.

Tuesday, Montgomery County reported a record 446 new cases, accounting for the second highest number of new cases in the state.

The spike comes without a significant increase in testing. According to the seven-day average, 54 percent of those who are testing for COVID in Montgomery County are positive.

It’s unclear whether Montgomery’s surge of cases is connected to the delayed data. The county’s seven-day case average is 180.

Hospitals, meanwhile, are treating a record 3,064 inpatients, as of Monday.

Nearly 300 people are hospitalized with coronavirus in the Montgomery area. The three Baptist Health hospitals are treating a record 189 inpatients while Jackson Hospital also set a new record Tuesday of 90.

More illnesses and hospitalizations are expected as the week continues as those who contracted the virus over the holidays begin to show symptoms and test positive.

Health officials say about 10 percent of those who contract the respiratory illness will eventually require hospital-level treatment.

Alabama COVID-19 Data Dashboard

ADPH provides data on a number of points related to COVID-19. More features can be accessed by clicking here.

Alabama COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard

Alabama hospitals have started rolling out vaccinations to frontline medical workers and nursing homes.

Alabama County Risk Indicator Map

The ADPH 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.

Alabama K-12 COVID-19 School Dashboard

Alabama’s school systems have been working to teach students through a variety of ways, whether in-person, through virtual or distance learning, or a hybrid option. ADPH and the state education department have since released a dashboard that is updated weekly that tracks the number of COVID-19 reports on a system-wide level. Each report includes combined student and staff data. Individual schools are not identified due to privacy policies.

Alabama Department of Corrections COVID-19 Data Dashboard

The Alabama Department of Corrections oversees more than 26,000 inmates. It provides a report on the disease among prisoners and ADOC staff.

Nationwide County-by-County COVID-19 Dashboard

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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