State’s COVID Numbers Stay Steady Over Long Holiday Weekend

The three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend saw little change in Alabama’s COVID-19 data, with averages staying near lows not seen since the early days of the pandemic.

In BirminghamWatch’s periodic analysis of COVID data, the 7-day moving average of new cases reported by the Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday stands at 264.43 per day, which is the lowest that average has been since May 6, 2020. The 14-day average was nearly the same as the short-term mark at 271.29, its best level since May 13 of last year. The 7-day average has dropped from 278.14 a week ago; the 14-day average was not available last week due to a large influx of old, unreported cases that distorted new-case numbers over mid-May.

The total caseload from the start of the pandemic is now at 545,028, or 10.9% of the state population of 5.03 million as measured in the 2020 Census.

As the new case numbers continue their slow decline, the number of Alabamians who are getting vaccinated is decreasing as well. ADPH said 5,231 doses were administered on Tuesday, the latest day reported. That’s less than one-fourth of the daily numbers of late April and early May, and 91% below the peak set on April 8.

At least 1,370,659 residents have completed the series of shots as of Wednesday. That is roughly 27.2% of the state population.

The COVID death rate has decreased slightly, reversing a minor uptrend in the previous week. The 7-day average is now at 6.86 deaths per day, and the 14-day average stands at 7.93. Both are near levels last recorded in April 2020.

The number of hospitalized COVID patients continued its slow, steady decline in the past week. Tuesday’s report showed 263 infected patients, just below the 7-day average of 268.29. That compares to an average of 290.43 a week beforehand. Daily death counts have stayed at or below 10 consistently since late April.

Jefferson County had 176 new cases of the virus in the past seven days, a 7-day average of 25.14 per day; it’s exactly the same number as the previous week. Three deaths were reported, down from five a week before.

The ADPH has stopped updating data on its website on weekends and holidays, which means that numbers reported on Tuesday and Wednesday included case and death reports as far back as Saturday. This does not affect averages of seven days or longer.

So long, BamaTracker: A popular website that presented Alabama pandemic data in graphical form will no longer be updated. BamaTracker, which was created and maintained by Huntsville developer David Marconnet, will still be available online, but the last data update came on Friday, May 28. Marconnet cited the increased demands of keeping the site running for bringing an end to the project.

BamaTracker had become a go-to place for many different kinds of data that weren’t always available in an easy-to-use form on the ADPH site, particularly numbers broken out by county.