From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Alabama reached 15,718 on Wednesday morning. COVID-19 deaths in the state moved to 580.
The Alabama Department of Health began to chart the number of presumed recoveries throughout the state on Wednesday, May 20. 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 4, there have been 17 days of daily positive tests exceeding 300 in the month. There also have been five days in May with 400 or more positive tests, per BamaTracker.
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.
Number of Daily Reported COVID-19 Tests This Week (source: BamaTracker)
- Monday – 4,777
- Tuesday – 2,172
Currently, there are 1,653 cases in Jefferson County with 96 deaths, 106 in St. Clair County with one death and 51 in Blount County with one death.
There have been 194,970 tests conducted in Alabama with 1,692 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.