MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Public Health confirmed another 4,591 COVID-19 cases Wednesday, raising the state’s seven-day average to 3,909 cases per day.
ADPH reports 14,726 new cases for the week.
A total of 121 deaths were reported for Wednesday. Data analysis shows the deaths go back as far as the summer. ADPH warned weeks ago that the state was experiencing a backlog in confirming COVID-related deaths.
Alabama’s death rate compared to positive cases has declined considerably since April when it was above four percent. It’s now at 1.4 percent, among the lowest levels of the pandemic, to date.
In Montgomery County, ADPH reported 220 new cases of the disease on Wednesday and 948 for the week. That brings the county’s seven-day average to 185 new cases per day.
ADPH’s data shows an increase in the county’s testing with 827 tests having been given for the day. That brings the seven-day average to 376 tests per day.
The state’s hospitals were treating a record 3,080 inpatients on Tuesday, but that number dropped to 2,967 on Wednesday. It’s unclear if the drop was due to deaths or discharges.
Nearly 300 people are hospitalized with coronavirus in the Montgomery area, as of Tuesday. The three Baptist Health hospitals are treating 180 inpatients Wednesday, down from a record 189 the day before. Jackson Hospital also set a new record Tuesday of 90, the latest data available.
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.
ADPH provides data on a number of points related to COVID-19. More features can be accessed by clicking here.
Alabama hospitals have started rolling out vaccinations to frontline medical workers and nursing homes.
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’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.
The Alabama Department of Corrections oversees more than 26,000 inmates. It provides a report on the disease among prisoners and ADOC staff.
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.