MONTGOMERY, AL — After one of the largest increases in new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March, Alabama has confirmed close to 500 deaths from the virus. As of Friday afternoon, the Alabama Department of Public Health reports 486 deaths and 11,216 total cases of COVID-19.
In all, 2,767 positive COVID-19 tests have come back positive in the last two weeks, out of 81.576 tests administered in the state.
Since testing began in mid-March, 147,492 patients have been tested for the virus in Alabama. Thus far, the state has seen 1,377 patients hospitalized from the virus.
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Jefferson County has reported 1,246 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, a number that has slowed its growth in the last month, as Alabama's largest county at one point had almost double the number of cases as the second highest county.
The counties with the most cases as of Friday afternoon:
Mobile County: 1,637 confirmed cases; 14,245 total testsl 99 deaths
Jefferson County: 1,246 confirmed cases; 26,674 total tests; 69 deaths
Montgomery County: 765 confirmed cases; 5,063 total tests; 20 deaths
Marshall County: 606 confirmed cases; 4,279 total tests; 9 deaths
Lee County: 447 confirmed cases; 4,349 total tests; 30 deaths
Shelby County: 390 confirmed cases; 6,222 total tests; 19 deaths
Tallapoosa County: 350 confirmed cases; 2,009 total tests; 56 deaths
Chambers County: 326 confirmed cases; 1,403 total tests; 22 deaths
Tuscaloosa County: 324 confirmed cases; 6,291 total tests; 8 deaths
Franklin County: 296 confirmed cases; 1,298 total tests; 4 deaths
This week, the ADPH announced it had started distributing the experimental drug remdesivir to COVID-19 patients throughout the state.
"Although the total supply of remdesivir is limited, we are grateful that hospitalized COVID-19 patients with severe disease in Alabama can receive this potentially lifesaving medication," said state health director Dr. Scott Harris. "Because the quantity is limited, the physician members of the Governor's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force determined a formula to distribute the allotment equitably among the state's hospitals."