UPDATED — The number of people in Alabama who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, as well as those who are reported to have died, have roughly doubled in eight days’ time. That analysis is drawn from statistics in the Alabama Department of Public Health’s daily reports.
As of Thursday, the number of reported deaths stood at 133, compared to 64 on April 7. The number of those tested positive rose to 4,345 Thursday; the total was 2,107 eight days prior.
The total-positives number also doubled in the first seven days of April, while reported deaths increased by 125%, from 28 to 64.
Jefferson County continues to lead the state in the number of cases, with 634. Mobile County is second with 577. Both counties have 22 reported deaths. Lee County has reported 12 deaths, Chambers County has 11 and Etowah County eight. Shelby and Tallapoosa counties have reported seven deaths each.
Jefferson County’s 6,647 tests conducted is the most by far for any Alabama county. Mobile County is second with 3,007.
Tuscaloosa County has the third-highest number of people tested for COVID-19 with 2,004, but it ranks ninth in the number of cases, and it remains the largest county by population that has yet to report a death due to the virus.
Johns Hopkins University, which has provided data about the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country and the world from the beginning of the pandemic, reported that the fatality rate for the state was 2.88% as of April 14. Jefferson County’s fatality rate is slightly lower at 2.72%.
The confirmed cases, total tested, reported deaths and confirmed deaths by county, from ADPH state data Thursday afternoon:
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