COVID-19 Cases Continue Steady Growth, with 1,699 New Cases in Saturday Report

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Alabama continued a steady climb on Saturday as the state Department of Public Health reported 1,699 new cases and 35 deaths from the disease.

It was the greatest number of new cases reported in a single day in more than a month, pushing Alabama’s total to 192,285 cases since the pandemic began in March. The department added 1,789 cases to the overall count in Saturday’s report but said 90 of those came from a lab in Covington County that reported results for Aug. 6 to Oct. 27.

There have been 164,295 confirmed cases and 27,990 listed as probable. The Health Department defines a confirmed case as one for which a person tested positive for COVID-19. A probable case involves patient who showed positive on an antigen test and was in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or was known to have been part of an exposed group, or a person whose death certificate listed the disease as an underlying cause.

Alabama’s death count for the pandemic reached 2,967, including 2,761 confirmed and 206 probable.

The state has averaged 1,287 new cases a day over the past week. The weekly average stood at 1,124 a day a week earlier, on Oct. 24, and has grown daily since then.

Jefferson County led the state with 197 new cases in Saturday’s report, raising its overall total to 24,285. Mobile County was second with 95 cases, followed by Tuscaloosa County with 93 cases.

Twenty-three of the state’s 67 counties reported new deaths in the report. Montgomery County listed five deaths, while Madison, Shelby and Tuscaloosa counties reported three each. Jefferson County showed none.