From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Alabama reached 16,554 on Friday morning. COVID-19 deaths in the state moved to 605.
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 9,355 estimated recoveries. The data is updated weekly.
In other news, the number of daily positive tests has substantially risen throughout May. In the past week alone, the number of COVID-19 cases topped 400 in four out of the past seven days.
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.
Number of Daily Reported COVID-19 Tests This Week (source: BamaTracker)
- Monday – 4,777
- Tuesday – 2,172
- Wednesday – 4,258
- Thursday – 4,325
Currently, there are 1,715 cases in Jefferson County with 102 deaths, 116 in St. Clair County with one death and 58 in Blount County with one death.
There have been 206,757 tests conducted in Alabama with 1,781 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.