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New coronavirus cases declining in Alabama, numbers still higher than summer spikes

The state's positive testing rate recently dropped below 12% for the first time since November.

Posted: Feb 7, 2021 8:49 AM

The number of new weekly coronavirus cases is declining in Alabama.

Since Jan. 4, when the state recorded a record 5,570 new cases, there has been a notable downward trend. A month later, on Feb. 4, fewer than 2,000 cases were recorded.

During the week starting Jan. 30 and ending Feb. 5, the state reported just over 14,000 new cases -- numbers hadn’t been that low during any week since November.

Recent data from the Alabama Department of Public Health shows the percentage of positive tests recently dropped below 12% for the first time since the end of November and data from the Mayo Clinic shows the state’s daily cases per 100,000 people is at 40 -- the lowest of available data.

While these trends show things are moving in the right direction, the current numbers are still significantly higher than what was seen during the summer spikes.

"Just because we have had thankfully a slight decrease in our numbers of cases and a slight decrease in our percent positivity, it's still very high,” Dr. Karen Landers of ADPH said.

Landers it's no time to let up in the fight against coronavirus. With numbers steadily declining across the board for the first time since September, she says precautions are even more important now with the presence of the UK variant in Alabama. So far, research shows it’s more contagious.

"And I think we have to think of it in those terms, that this could certainly upend any efforts that we've already had,” she explained.

Currently, Madison County is one of only two in the state that is still at high risk on the state's risk indicator dashboard. And with the Super Bowl on Sunday doctors around the state are saying it’s no time for parties.

"Attending gatherings with people outside of your household will increase your risk of being exposed to COVID-19, having a virtual watch party of gathering with only the people you live with are the safest ways to celebrate this year,” Dr. Suzanne Judd, an epidemiologist with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said.

As of Saturday, the state reported 471,311 total cases, with 8,513 deaths and 252,880 presumed recoveries.

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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 491110

Reported Deaths: 9831
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson706291356
Mobile35894721
Madison32255442
Tuscaloosa23996409
Montgomery22462494
Shelby21820215
Baldwin19670274
Lee14900150
Morgan13599249
Calhoun13175285
Etowah13143319
Marshall11226206
Houston10048259
Elmore9337183
Limestone9335134
Cullman8869179
St. Clair8783220
Lauderdale8581210
DeKalb8429174
Talladega7481163
Walker6504251
Jackson6477102
Autauga620389
Blount6086125
Colbert5978118
Coffee5230102
Dale4621106
Russell401831
Franklin397876
Covington3956106
Chilton384298
Escambia377172
Tallapoosa3572141
Clarke342949
Dallas3397141
Chambers3392108
Pike293071
Lawrence281384
Marion280894
Winston246166
Bibb244260
Geneva238670
Marengo233354
Pickens223954
Barbour209951
Hale208868
Fayette199756
Butler195165
Henry182041
Cherokee176438
Monroe165938
Randolph163140
Washington156634
Crenshaw143554
Clay143354
Macon140943
Cleburne136839
Lamar131732
Lowndes130648
Wilcox120825
Bullock116336
Conecuh106523
Perry105327
Sumter98431
Coosa87823
Greene87032
Choctaw54823
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 770940

Reported Deaths: 11321
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby867941476
Davidson81042849
Knox45328573
Hamilton40069459
Rutherford38014377
Williamson25081202
Sumner21216315
Montgomery17269209
Out of TN1676593
Wilson16258211
Unassigned15676125
Sullivan14239273
Blount13959178
Bradley12775138
Washington12693232
Maury12158160
Sevier11930161
Putnam10566168
Madison10065228
Robertson8901118
Hamblen7972161
Anderson7922156
Greene7270145
Tipton6908101
Coffee6281114
Gibson6174140
Dickson6169103
Cumberland6092120
Carter5938152
McMinn589190
Roane584496
Bedford5771117
Loudon564865
Jefferson5605117
Lawrence555181
Warren530375
Monroe529290
Dyer5225101
Hawkins520794
Franklin470884
Fayette464771
Obion435994
Rhea412973
Lincoln411761
Cocke396892
Marshall389254
Cheatham386844
Campbell379159
Weakley377859
Giles371795
Henderson361473
Carroll347081
Hardeman338064
Macon335573
White335066
Hardin330462
Lauderdale309642
Henry299275
Marion290942
Wayne286730
Scott285842
Overton283957
Claiborne275667
McNairy265852
Haywood264560
Hickman263640
DeKalb261849
Smith254236
Grainger241546
Trousdale238522
Morgan228837
Fentress228544
Johnson215938
Chester200647
Bledsoe198610
Crockett197147
Unicoi179947
Polk174622
Cannon174129
Union169931
Lake167526
Grundy167330
Sequatchie154525
Decatur153237
Humphreys152021
Benton150039
Lewis146425
Meigs125621
Jackson125034
Stewart123324
Clay106530
Perry102827
Houston102431
Moore94016
Van Buren79120
Pickett74723
Hancock49312

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