Alabama’s COVID-19 Death Count Tops 3,000 Mark

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Alabama’s death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic climbed above the 3,000 mark in Wednesday’s update by the state Department of Public Health.

The agency reported 19 deaths in its daily report, pushing the total since the pandemic began in mid-March to 3,006. That includes 2,799 deaths that were confirmed to be from the virus and 207 listed as probable.

The total number of cases grew by 1,848 during the latest 24-hour period, reaching a total of 197,777. There have been 168,155 confirmed cases and 29,662 shown as probable. A spokesman for the Health Department said the daily figure was for the 24-hour period and did not include reports from previous days. It was the largest increase in single-day cases in more than a month.

The number of people being treated for COVID-19 in Alabama hospitals has risen this week to its highest levels since late August. The Health Department reported 1,022 people in hospitals on Tuesday and 1,047 the previous day. Those totals are the largest since a count of 1,052 on Aug. 27.

Jefferson County reported 219 new cases in today’s updated, bringing its total to 24,973.