The number of reported deaths in Alabama attributed to the COVID-19 virus has almost doubled in the past nine days, but that’s a slight improvement over numbers from earlier in April.
The BirminghamWatch weekly analysis of data from the Alabama Department of Health’s daily reports shows that the total reported deaths surpassed 200 for the first time Wednesday. The total of 201 was almost twice what was reported nine days prior, when 102 deaths were reported on April 13. That number was double the 50 deaths reported April 7, seven days beforehand, so the rate of doubling is slowing down.
The number of people who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus stands at 5,610 as of Wednesday, which is 11.6% of 48,387 people tested so far.
Jefferson County jumped back to the top of the list for cases late Wednesday with 774, up from 628 the week ending April 15.
Mobile County is second with 759, compared to 561 the previous week. But it still tops the state in deaths, with 39 reported deaths, compared to 31 for Jefferson.
Lee County added nine more deaths this week to stand at 21, with a total of 331 cases. Tallapoosa County more than doubled its total deaths, from seven to 16, with 242 cases. Chambers County also has 16 deaths, up by six from last week, and 270 cases; Etowah County remained at eight deaths and rose to 116 cases; and Shelby stayed at seven reported deaths although it had 278 cases.
Madison County has four deaths, the same number as last week, and added seven cases this week, bringing the infection number to 205.
Tuscaloosa County added eight cases this week, for a total of 165, and reported its first death.
Twenty-eight of Alabama’s 67 counties have yet to report a death traced to the virus, including St. Clair and Walker counties in the Birmingham metro area. Eight counties have 10 or fewer cases, with Fayette County reporting just four.
Alabama’s incidence rate is 119.64 cases per 100,000 population, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Chambers County has the highest rate with 811.9 per 100,000. Jefferson County’s incidence rate stands at 113.0 per 100,000.
The highest county fatality rate — the number of those who die from COVID-19 as a percentage of the number of cases — is in Clarke County, with a rate of 4%; one person has died out of 25 cases in the county. Talladega, DeKalb, Lowndes and Calhoun counties have fatality rates above 3%.
The current cases, reported deaths and confirmed deaths by county, from ADPH state data late Wednesday night:
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