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: 259117

Reported Deaths: 5668
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto17436187
Hinds16524328
Harrison13876199
Rankin11000217
Jackson10652187
Lee8981141
Madison8413168
Jones6552112
Forrest6101121
Lauderdale6034189
Lowndes5463119
Lafayette507393
Lamar496465
Washington4877124
Bolivar4068109
Oktibbeha401681
Panola378380
Pontotoc372155
Monroe3628105
Warren3619101
Union350563
Marshall349569
Neshoba3433152
Pearl River3380104
Leflore3079108
Lincoln300687
Sunflower289272
Hancock285360
Tate276762
Alcorn268854
Pike266580
Itawamba266261
Scott253448
Yazoo250156
Prentiss249552
Tippah245850
Copiah244549
Coahoma243654
Simpson240069
Leake234367
Grenada221171
Marion218473
Covington216972
Adams210170
Wayne206432
Winston205267
George202739
Attala195761
Newton195745
Tishomingo192461
Chickasaw186144
Jasper176038
Holmes169868
Clay162735
Tallahatchie154935
Stone148424
Clarke143562
Calhoun138021
Smith125825
Yalobusha120234
Walthall113437
Greene112129
Noxubee111425
Montgomery110936
Carroll105922
Lawrence104317
Perry103231
Amite99926
Webster94324
Tunica87621
Jefferson Davis87327
Claiborne86825
Benton84023
Humphreys83624
Kemper79120
Quitman7029
Franklin68716
Choctaw62313
Wilkinson58825
Jefferson55920
Sharkey44217
Issaquena1606
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 432536

Reported Deaths: 6379
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson63523957
Mobile30967562
Madison27627201
Tuscaloosa21122268
Montgomery19495326
Shelby18941126
Baldwin16798188
Lee12901102
Morgan12447129
Etowah11911178
Calhoun11365205
Marshall10322119
Houston8813156
Limestone823176
Cullman8159106
Elmore8056104
DeKalb7796102
Lauderdale773399
St. Clair7705122
Talladega6347109
Walker5993174
Jackson590341
Colbert543274
Blount541186
Autauga527061
Coffee454160
Dale405482
Franklin371948
Russell345712
Chilton340972
Covington334168
Escambia328344
Dallas310196
Chambers297370
Clarke290536
Tallapoosa2665107
Pike258830
Marion250155
Lawrence249150
Winston231442
Bibb219848
Geneva206946
Marengo205229
Pickens198631
Hale180842
Barbour177836
Fayette174528
Butler171358
Cherokee162530
Henry157523
Monroe150718
Randolph143236
Washington139527
Clay128546
Crenshaw121644
Cleburne119724
Lamar119621
Macon119637
Lowndes112536
Wilcox105822
Bullock101428
Perry99118
Conecuh96320
Sumter89726
Greene76723
Coosa62215
Choctaw51624
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