Alabama’s COVID-19 death count moved past the 10,000 mark in Wednesday’s update by the state Department of Public Health.
The agency added 38 deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the total to 10,029 since the pandemic began almost a year ago.
The agency reported 2,733 cases of COVID-19 in the report but said 2,114 of those were delayed reports from May 2020. That left 619 new cases for the 24-hour period covered by the update. There have been 497,154 cases throughtout the pandemic.
Including just the new cases in Wednesday’s report, the state has averaged 688 cases a day over the past week, the lowest weekly average since as count of 678 on June 24.
ADPH said 631 inpatients were being treated for the coronavirus at Alabama hospitals on Tuesday, refecting a steady decline since the daily high of 4,280 on Jan. 10.