Alabama’s COVID hospitalizations climb above 1K again
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama’s hospitals are seeing an upward trend in COVID-19 hospitalizations again, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
On Tuesday, ADPH reported the state’s hospitals were treating 1,001 inpatients for the respiratory illness. That’s the first time the state has topped the 1,000-mark for hospitalizations since Aug. 31.
In the Montgomery area, Baptist Health said it’s caring for 59 coronavirus patients, as of Tuesday afternoon, while Jackson Hospital said it has approximately 22 COVID-19 inpatients.
ADPH says 19,974 people have been hospitalized since March 13. Rates peaked at 1,613 on Aug. 6 before steadily declining over a month before remaining steady.
There have been 186,437 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the disease was first discovered here in mid-March, according to ADPH data. (159,439 confirmed and 26,998 probable).
On Tuesday, there were 738 new confirmed cases of the illness.
Alabama’s death toll stands at 2,892. (2,699 confirmed and 193 probable).
There have been 74,439 presumed recoveries. ADPH says this number is updated weekly.
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- Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Act which gives people a bump in the amount of SNAP benefits they can receive. To apply for SNAP benefits you can go online to myalabama.gov.
- The Montgomery Area Food Bank has a way for residents to easily find food pantries and help.
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