More than half of Alabamians who have been confirmed as dying from COVID-19 also have had cardiovascular disease.
Heart disease was the most common underlying health condition among those who have died from the disease, according to data the Alabama Department of Public Health released late Friday. Of the 60 people who were confirmed to have died from COVID-19, 31 also had heart disease.
Diabetes was the second most common underlying health condition, with 24 deaths, followed by renal disease, 13, and lung disease, 12.
Twenty-six of those who have died from COVID-19 had more than one underlying health condition.
But 13 of those who are confirmed as having died from coronavirus had no underlying conditions at all, according to the ADPH data. In 11 of those cases, the patients were older than 65. Two people between the ages of 51 and 64 died despite having no underlying health conditions.
In all, 40 of the deaths have been in people 65 years or older and 20 have been in people between the ages of 19 and 64. Following the previous trends, more men, 39, and blacks, 32, have died than have women or people of other races.
More recently updated ADPH overall numbers still listed 60 confirmed deaths in Alabama but 93 reported deaths among people who had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The health department is investigating the remaining 33 of those cases to verify that the novel coronavirus was the cause.
In total, 3,262 people in the state have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 402 people have been hospitalized since the first case was reported on March 13.
Jefferson County has the most cases, with 579. Fifteen deaths have been reported in the county, eight of those confirmed with follow-up tests by the health department.
Mobile has the second-highest number of reported deaths in the state with 15, nine of those confirmed by the health department. It has a total of 429 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Chambers County in east-central Alabama follows with eight deaths, all of them confirmed to have been because of COVID-19. The rural county has had 184 confirmed cases.
Lee County, which is just south of Chambers, also has had eight deaths, six of them confirmed. It has had 221 confirmed cases of the disease.
Other counties with more than 100 confirmed cases are: Shelby, 196 cases with five reported deaths; Madison, 186 cases with three reported deaths; and Montgomery, 106 cases with four reported deaths.
Here is the full list of counties, reported deaths and confirmed deaths.