ADPH: More than 800 COVID-19 cases reported both Thursday, Friday

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday cautioned the public that the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus COVID-19 remains. More than 800 cases were reported both Thursday, June 11 (848) and Friday, June 12 (859).

Cullman Regional on Friday reported nine COVID-19 patients, with four on ventilators. In its report last week, there were six COVID-19 patients, with one on a ventilator.

As of Friday evening, the ADPH reported the total number of cases in Cullman County as 239, with more than half of those, 125, reported in the last two weeks.

“With ongoing community transmission, it is safer to be at home. More than 750 Alabama residents have died from the novel coronavirus COVID-19, more than 2,000 have been hospitalized with the virus, and about 22,000 have had confirmed positive cases,” said the ADPH.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “COVID-19 spreads quickly, and your actions affect others. More than ever since the pandemic began, we need people to social distance, wear face coverings in public, and practice good respiratory hygiene.”

Measures needed to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes, do not touch your face, and wash hands often.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others not in your household.
  • Use cloth face coverings when in public.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used items and touched surfaces often.

Any person can contract COVID-19, but certain people are more at risk including:

  • People who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members.
  • Persons over 65 years of age and those with serious health conditions — heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, HIV, any condition that affects the immune system, persons with body mass index over 40, persons with liver disease, persons who live in long-term care.

Alabama has experienced outbreaks at the workplace, long-term care facilities, and as a result of large gatherings, such as those occurring during the Memorial Day holiday. Although an estimated 13,500 Alabamians are presumed to have recovered from COVID-19, too many people have experienced short- and long-term complications.

ADPH reminds the public that their own behavior is crucial to stay healthy and to protect their family and community.

Friday evening COVID-19 update from the Alabama Department of Public Health

  • Total confirmed cases in AL:  23,333 (+859 since yesterday)
  • Probable cases in AL: 377
  • Total confirmed deaths in AL: 764 (+14 since yesterday)
  • Probable deaths in AL: 5
  • Total confirmed cases in Cullman Co.: 239 (+19 since yesterday)
  • Probable cases in Cullman Co.: 8
  • Total confirmed deaths in Cullman Co.: 1 (+0 since yesterday)
  • Probable deaths in Cullman Co.: 0
  • Total tested in Cullman Co.: 4,394
  • Total tested in the last 14 days in Cullman Co.: 1,525
  • Cases in the last 14 days in Cullman Co.: 125
  • Total tested in Alabama: 286,008
  • Cases in the last 14 days in Alabama: 6,275
  • Total tested in the last 14 days in Alabama: 86,581
  • Cumulative no. of hospitalizations in Alabama: 2,202
  • Presumed recoveries in Alabama (reported weekly): 13,508


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