21 dead, over 1,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alabama

21 dead, over 1,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alabama
Coronavirus Alabama update. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - New case numbers Friday night show 1,535 people across Alabama are confirmed to have COVID-19.

According to the data map from the Alabama Department of Public Health, 21 people have now been confirmed to have died from the respiratory virus. More than 9,600 people have been tested and 38 deaths have been reported.

These are the latest deaths by county:

  • Chambers -4
  • Etowah -1
  • Jackson -1
  • Lauderdale -1
  • Lee -2
  • Madison -1
  • Marion -1
  • Mobile -4
  • Montgomery -1
  • Shelby -3
  • Tallapoosa -1
  • Washington -1

According to ADPH, reported deaths represent the number of individuals who have a positive lab result and are now deceased. To count a person who died from COVID-19 disease, the medical record of the deceased person has to be reviewed by a physician and the Infectious Disease and Outbreak staff. Once a review is complete, if the death is attributed to COVID-19, the individual will be added to the official death count. The reported deaths total is a cumulative number and does not decrease once a death has been confirmed to be from COVID-19.

On Thursday, Gov. Kay Ivey issued the latest COVID-19 order, which heavily focused on ways of "cutting red tape” on the state’s strained healthcare workers and facilities. It also ordered county jails to reduce the number of inmates they house “in a way that does not jeopardize public safety.”

Also, on Thursday, several municipalities in central Alabama announced curfews to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and to protect citizens and first responders.

RESOURCES FOR ASSISTANCE:

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State officials opened a toll-free number for people who develop symptoms and need to be tested. For more on how to get tested, you can call 1-888-264-2256. This is not a medical helpline.

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