Alabama reports highest number of daily virus cases at 1,700

Alabama reported more than 1,700 new confirmed coronavirus cases— the highest number yet for a single day— as doctors and state officials expressed concern about further spread during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Posted: Jul 3, 2020 4:17 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama reported more than 1,700 new confirmed coronavirus cases— the highest number yet for a single day— as doctors and state officials expressed concern about further spread during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The state on Thursday surpassed the previous high-water mark for the most infections reported in a 24-hour period while the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 also reached a new high of 843. The state this week also so the lowest availability in ICU beds since the pandemic began.

Dr. Michael Saag, an infectious diseases physician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who also had COVID-19, likened the spread in the state to a “wildfire."

“The data are pretty dismal right now, now just in our state but around the country,” Saag said in a Friday interview with reporters.

In May, Alabama was averaging 300 cases a day, but now is at over 1,000. “The data are telling us we are headed toward a tough situation," Saag said.

After the state saw a surge in cases after Memorial Day, doctors and state officials made a plea for people to use precautions during the July Fourth holiday weekend.

“As we celebrate America’s independence this weekend, remember we’re still battling a pandemic. ... Now is not the time to let our guard down. Our state & nation are depending on you,” Ivey said in a tweet.

Saag said the two things people can do to mitigate spread is to wear a mask and avoid large crowds — particularly ones where most people arent wearing masks.

“If people are gathering in large spaces together, it's a haven for the virus," Saag said.

Alabama has reported more than 41,000 cases of the new coronavirus since the pandemic began with more than 25% of infections being reported in the last two weeks, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. So far, at least 983 Alabamians have died after contracting the virus.

State Health Officer Scott Harris urged people to be cautious and not give in to “COVID caution fatigue.”

“Too many people are failing to take precautions and follow the simple steps that have been proven to prevent transmission of the virus,” Harris said in a message to the state.

Dr. Don Williamson, the former state health officer who now heads the Alabama Hospital Association, said Thursday that the state has about 16% of intensive care beds available, the lowest number vacant since the pandemic began. By comparison, in early April, the state had 35% of ICU beds available.

The Alabama Department of Corrections reported Thursday that a second prison employee has died after testing positive for COVID-19.

The prison system said 75 inmates and 173 staff members and contract employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Nine inmates and two employees have died after contracting the virus.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 481397

Reported Deaths: 9395
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison32996486
Hinds30973586
DeSoto30491353
Jackson23650348
Rankin21267368
Lee14867220
Madison14145271
Jones13365226
Forrest13125238
Lauderdale11538305
Lowndes10418176
Lamar10184130
Pearl River9055219
Lafayette8218137
Hancock7501112
Washington7033150
Oktibbeha6937124
Monroe6491161
Neshoba6463201
Warren6439163
Pontotoc626593
Panola6219126
Bolivar6105144
Marshall6102121
Union573086
Pike5590136
Alcorn536090
Lincoln5297131
George470072
Scott456096
Leflore4468140
Prentiss445277
Tippah443680
Itawamba4430100
Adams4403116
Tate4351101
Simpson4324112
Wayne431566
Copiah431087
Yazoo423086
Covington414792
Sunflower4137104
Marion4087104
Leake397186
Coahoma394298
Newton368775
Grenada3553104
Stone350659
Tishomingo334689
Attala324886
Jasper313762
Winston303591
Clay295273
Chickasaw286665
Clarke280290
Calhoun265140
Holmes261887
Smith249549
Yalobusha220547
Tallahatchie218850
Walthall210558
Greene207845
Lawrence206033
Perry199353
Amite198152
Webster195942
Noxubee178239
Montgomery172054
Jefferson Davis167642
Carroll161937
Tunica152734
Benton142035
Kemper138440
Claiborne126634
Choctaw126326
Humphreys126337
Franklin116628
Quitman103626
Wilkinson101536
Jefferson88833
Sharkey62820
Issaquena1926
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 781915

Reported Deaths: 13798
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1109621748
Mobile706071213
Madison49359617
Baldwin36054485
Shelby35933311
Tuscaloosa33540540
Montgomery32996673
Lee22337218
Calhoun20935400
Morgan19666329
Etowah18890454
Marshall17575274
Houston16598377
St. Clair15287298
Limestone14442184
Cullman14441252
Elmore14299259
Lauderdale13395278
Talladega12781234
DeKalb12102233
Walker10495328
Autauga9611135
Blount9595154
Jackson9293152
Coffee8764174
Dale8485171
Colbert8448180
Tallapoosa6557177
Escambia6541117
Covington6409165
Chilton6314142
Russell600655
Franklin5744101
Chambers5350133
Marion4748116
Dallas4672185
Clarke459177
Pike458895
Geneva4333116
Winston420292
Lawrence4099108
Bibb405680
Barbour342969
Marengo324783
Monroe316652
Butler316088
Randolph302855
Pickens300673
Henry299657
Hale290483
Cherokee286752
Fayette276473
Washington245048
Crenshaw236768
Clay226264
Cleburne225750
Macon218057
Lamar192541
Conecuh180146
Lowndes170758
Coosa167533
Wilcox159636
Bullock148642
Perry136336
Sumter124136
Greene120542
Choctaw73326
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