From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Department of Public Health urged people on Friday that the best way to halt the spread of COVID-19 is to remain at home.
The department released a statement on Friday following the more than 800 reported cases on Thursday, June 11, 2020, which set a new single-day high. The surge in coronavirus cases follows the reopening of the state and the failure of many to follow basic social distancing and safety guidelines. The department stated that community transmission is ongoing and that the rise in cases does not coincidence with an increase in testing.
“COVID-19 spreads quickly, and your actions affect others,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “More than ever since the pandemic began, we need people to social distance, wear face coverings in public, and practice good respiratory hygiene.”
The department reiterated the measures needed to reduce the transmission of COVID-19:
- Cover coughs and sneezes, do not touch your face, and wash hands often.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others not in your household.
- Use cloth face coverings when in public.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used items and touched surfaces often.
Any person can contract COVID-19, but certain people are more at risk including:
- People who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members.
- Persons over 65 years of age and those with serious health conditions — heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, HIV, any condition that affects the immune system, persons with body mass index over 40, persons with liver disease, persons who live in long-term care.
Alabama has experienced outbreaks at the workplace, long-term care facilities, and as a result of large gatherings, such as those occurring during the Memorial Day holiday. Although an estimated 13,500 Alabamians are presumed to have recovered from COVID-19, too many people have experienced short- and long-term complications.
This release follows the news that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Alabama reached 22,475 on Friday morning. COVID-19 deaths in the state moved to 750 confirmed with five possible.
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 13,508 estimated recoveries. The data is updated weekly.
Through the week of May 31 through June 6, the percent of positive tests sat at 10.2%.
The ADPH reported a new high on Thursday with 850 new coronavirus cases. Overall, the state is averaging nearly 530 new cases per day, which is the highest since March 13.
Currently, there are 2,250 cases in Jefferson County with 116 confirmed deaths, 153 in St. Clair County with two deaths and 87 in Blount County with one death.
There have been 278,455 tests conducted in Alabama with 2,165 hospitalizations statewide since March 13, 2020. Alabama’s estimated 2019 population is 4,903,185. Currently, the state is experiencing a surge in hospitalizations with 33.7 per day, with 647 in the hospital as of June 11.