From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Department of Public Health’s latest COVID-19 Dashboard numbers report that 13,665 Alabamians have died from COVID-19.
For perspective: That number is roughly equivalent to half the current population of Trussville. Less than one month prior, on August 21, 2021, the state had just surpassed 12,000 COVID-related deaths. In addition, 64 of Alabama’s 67 counties continue to be listed at the highest rate of transmission. For Jefferson County, ADPH reports 239.5 new cases of the virus per 100,000 people.
In Shelby County, the ADPH reports 256.3 new cases per 100,000 people. For St. Clair County: 279.5 new cases per 100,000.
The three counties in the state where the risk of transmission is moderate: Wilcox, Choctaw and Washington.
ADPH states that overall, Alabama has experienced 778,549 cases of COVID-19, with more infections in 2021 (390,286) than in 2020 (388,263). If infections continue at their current rate, Alabama could surpass its total number of COVID-related deaths from 2020. There are currently 6,482 deaths in 2021; there were 7,183 deaths related to COVID-19 in 2020.