From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported on Wednesday afternoon that six employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
No other information has been released expect that all are being treated and are in quarantine.
The news follows the announcement that Alabama recorded its second highest single-day of positive case numbers on Wednesday since the start of the pandemic. The ADPH also confirmed 25 new virus deaths in Alabama, bringing the statewide death total to 879 with 12 probable deaths.
The percentage of positive tests have increased to 10.9%, which comes as daily testing has failed to substantially increase. In fact, multiple state health officials have stated that the rise in cases is a result of direct community transmission, not an increase in testing, The 7-day average for new tests is 6,856, with the state failing to reach the 5,000 per day testing mark for three straight three days.
Additionally, hospital visits have risen with 667 currently being treated.
The continued rise of cases and deaths comes as the country reopens with the onus of safety being transferred to the people, who so far have shown little desire to wear masks or social distance.