Alabama Reports More Than 600 New Virus Cases; Deaths At 685

Megan VerHelst

MONTGOMERY, AL — The number of new coronavirus cases reported in Alabama Saturday spiked by more than 600 since Friday, according to the most recent data by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, the state reported a total of 636 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The new cases brings the confirmed total in the state to 19,709.

Additionally, 685 people have now died from COVID-19-related illnesses, an increase of 13 people from Friday.

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In the last six days, the number of new cases reported each day has been somewhat inconsistent:

  • May 31: 520 new cases
  • June 1: 337 new cases
  • June 2: 204 new cases
  • June 3: 216 new cases
  • June 4: 307 new cases
  • June 6: 636 new cases

Since testing began in mid-March, 242,310 people have been tested for the virus in Alabama. So far, 1,993 people have been hospitalized.

Montgomery County on Saturday surpassed Jefferson County in the total number of confirmed cases. Both counties are now approaching 2,000 cases.

The counties with the most cases as of Saturday mid-day:

  • Mobile County: 2,377 confirmed cases; 115 deaths
  • Montgomery County: 1,993 confirmed cases; 47 deaths
  • Jefferson County: 1,980 confirmed cases; 105 deaths
  • Tuscaloosa County: 896 confirmed cases; 17 deaths
  • Marshall County: 730 confirmed cases; 9 deaths

Follow the coronavirus in Alabama using the Department of Public Health's Data and Surveillance Dashboard.

This article originally appeared on the Birmingham Patch