Yep. After a week when new COVID-19 cases most days hovered around 500 – and one day 664 new cases were reported – the total Saturday rose by only 58 cases.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t indicate that the disease has dropped drastically and suddenly, but that the state changed the way it reports cases.
The Alabama Department of Public Health on its COVID-19 dashboard has begun listing probable cases. Those account for people who have COVID-19 symptoms and are known to have had close contact with someone who has the disease, but no lab test results have yet been submitted.
The Health Department Saturday at midnight listed 290 probable cases and 17,359 confirmed cases.
Technically, the state-reported count of confirmed cases for Saturday showed an increase of 421. But that includes cases that were reported on the dashboard and website Friday after the numbers were calculated for the state’s daily case count graphic. The Health Department pulls that count earlier in the day. BirminghamWatch includes cases reported through midnight each day. Thus the increase from midnight Friday to midnight Saturday was 58.
At least 18 more people also died of the disease Saturday. Deaths have risen to 618, up from 610 Friday at midnight. That does not count two probable deaths, which the Health Department also has added to its dashboard. That number represents people whose death certificates say they died of the disease but for whom the state does not have confirmatory lab results.
Despite the slow growth in cases, Jefferson County added 36 confirmed cases Saturday, bringing the total to 1,780. Deaths held steady at 102.
Mobile, which has the most cases in the state, also added 29 confirmed cases, bringing its total to 2,191. The county had one more confirmed death, taking the total to 115.
Montgomery County also has added 42 cases since Friday at midnight, for a total of 1,632. Deaths remained stable at 38.
Here is the full list of counties with the total number of confirmed cases, number of tests conducted and number of confirmed deaths:
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