From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Alabama reached 14,508 on Monday morning. COVID-19 deaths in the state moved to 559.
The Alabama Department of Health began to chart the number of presumed recoveries throughout the state on Wednesday. A recovery is listed following 14 days without hospitalization and 32 days following a hospitalization. Currently, there 7,951 estimated recoveries. The data is updated weekly.
In other news, the number of daily positive tests has substantially risen throughout May. This time in April, there were just two days with more than 300 positive tests per day. As of May 24, there have been 15 days of daily positive tests exceeding 300 in the month. There also have been three days in May with 400 or more positive tests.
This comes despite testing numbers stagnated throughout the state. The number of tests per day reached a high of 5,966 on May 1, but has since leveled out with an average of around 3,800 per day. This comes as Gov. Kay Ivey reopened the state despite federal reopening guidelines calling for states to only reopen if there is a downward trajectory of cases within a 14-day period along with a rise in testing.
Currently, there are 1,614 cases in Jefferson County with 88 deaths, 102 in St. Clair County with one death and 49 in Blount County with one death.
There have been 188,774 tests conducted in Alabama with 1,623 hospitalizations statewide since March 13, 2020. Hospitalizations spiked to an all-time high in Alabama on Monday at 706. Alabama’s estimated 2019 population is 4,903,185.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has an interactive website providing up-to-the-minute updates on cases across the state.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
The ADPH’s website can be accessed by clicking here.