Alabama Department of Public Health says fight in coronavirus pandemic not over yet

The state health department has faced issues, but is pushing onward.

Posted: Aug 30, 2020 3:52 PM
Updated: Aug 31, 2020 7:40 AM

We learned the state of Alabama is improving when it comes to coronavirus numbers.

However, the state health department has faced several obstacles when it comes to bringing you vital information.

WAAY-31 learned about the trial and errors the health department has faced and what can be expected moving forward.

A representative told us the numbers we're seeing are good, but it doesn't mean this pandemic is over.

Using things like the GuideSafe app and continuing safe practices like wearing a mask is vital in this fight with a still very widely unknown virus.

"Other laboratories, large commercial laboratories, clinical laboratories provide information and also do testing, but there are urgent cares, physicians' offices and other entities that act as bodies now in providing testing for SARS COVID-2," said Dr. Karen Landers.

Landers is a representative from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Recently, its system dealt with a backlog of testing data and Landers said it's because more places are now providing testing.

Another hurdle the health department has faced is contact tracing, but the state's GuideSafe app is helping move the process along.

"Right now, we have probably over 400 persons working in contact tracing and you mentioned the GuideSafe app, that is a very important tool. It's a proximity app, privacy is protected and a very important piece of information to fight SARS COVID-2," she said.

Landers says tracers come from the health department, University of Alabama at Birmingham and a third party system.

While it may feel like there's no end in sight for this pandemic, Landers is feeling encouraged by the recent data.

"We must stay the course with what we're doing. We must be vigilant with what we're doing in order to stop the spread of this virus," she said.

Landers told us she wants to thank the citizens of Alabama for waiting in those long lines to get tested and practicing health guidelines to stay safe.

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Confirmed Cases: 158701

Reported Deaths: 2680
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Mobile16934315
Tuscaloosa10414140
Montgomery10298197
Madison939496
Shelby743663
Baldwin669469
Lee655065
Calhoun462161
Marshall441150
Etowah431251
Morgan418235
Houston418034
DeKalb346129
Elmore322753
St. Clair299942
Limestone289330
Walker282392
Talladega267435
Cullman250824
Lauderdale231342
Jackson217515
Autauga207431
Franklin206131
Colbert204132
Russell19533
Blount194225
Chilton189332
Dallas187227
Coffee179511
Dale177251
Covington175529
Escambia173030
Clarke135317
Chambers135244
Pike134413
Tallapoosa133087
Marion109729
Barbour10339
Marengo102522
Butler101340
Winston93713
Geneva9167
Lawrence86132
Pickens86018
Bibb84314
Randolph82916
Hale77730
Clay74912
Washington74912
Cherokee74514
Henry7196
Lowndes71428
Bullock64917
Monroe64810
Crenshaw60930
Perry5936
Fayette58413
Cleburne5738
Wilcox57012
Conecuh56113
Macon53720
Lamar5065
Sumter47321
Choctaw39212
Greene34616
Coosa2053
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Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 249866

Reported Deaths: 3163
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Shelby36685565
Davidson31975343
Knox1284891
Rutherford12017115
Hamilton11867109
Williamson718756
Sumner6184112
Wilson473159
Putnam445657
Montgomery424057
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Sullivan381946
Madison381479
Bradley361923
Washington356951
Maury338938
Blount337436
Sevier336423
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Hamblen247548
Tipton238123
Unassigned22615
Dyer224732
Gibson217244
Coffee192325
Hardeman190533
Greene181252
Obion179522
Trousdale17768
Bedford174520
Dickson170719
Fayette169825
Anderson169713
McMinn165937
Lawrence164520
Loudon164311
Cumberland161327
Wayne16047
Carter158334
Weakley157326
Jefferson156421
Monroe147228
Warren144910
Lauderdale144117
Henderson142126
Hardin140420
Macon134825
Roane13217
Franklin130220
Haywood129728
Overton122917
Hawkins122625
White119414
Johnson11577
Marshall115710
Carroll115326
McNairy113427
Rhea112418
Cocke108014
Cheatham106911
Campbell103512
Bledsoe10264
Smith99413
Lake9873
Giles98336
Fentress91811
Lincoln9173
Crockett87020
Hickman81015
Henry80211
Marion7839
DeKalb73717
Chester73314
Decatur66311
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Grundy57511
Union5463
Claiborne5286
Polk51713
Humphreys4584
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Morgan4437
Unicoi4333
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Cannon4212
Lewis4185
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