SEVERE WX : Dense Fog Advisory View Alerts

Albertville clinic adds rapid coronavirus testing as area sees 14-day test positivity of more than 50%

According to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health, more than 19% of Marshall County's cumulative cases occurred in December.

Posted: Dec 16, 2020 11:02 PM
Updated: Dec 17, 2020 11:52 AM

Nine months into the pandemic, Marshall County continues to be one of the hard hit areas.

On Wednesday, the county added 121 new positive cases, bringing the cumulative total to 7,205 confirmed cases. 1,372 of those cases occurred during first half of December, which equates to just over 19 percent of the total.

A COVID-19 rapid test is performed at Rapid Care Family Medical Clinic. The facility got the ability to conduct these tests in early December. A COVID-19 rapid test is performed at Rapid Care Family Medical Clinic. The facility got the ability to conduct these tests in early December.

According to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health, the county also has a  14-day test positivity rate of 50.23 percent.

Amid this rise in cases, Rapid Care Family Medical Clinic in Albertville added a few rapid test machines to their arsenal to help get more people tested. 

Nurse Practitioner Eric Hagood said since they started using the rapid tests last week, the clinc saw a roughly 30 percent increase in the number of daily patients. He said that shakes out to about 20 to 30 additional patients daily.

"And that's just in the first week. So, what we're going to see in the future, we'll see," Hagood said.

Rapid Care has the ability to run about 120 rapid tests each day, with the results coming back in about 15 minutes. Hagood said it was important for them to add the new test in addition to the PCR testing they have been doing.

"It gives the employers around here an opportunity to get an answer the same day so you have less absenteeism from work," Hagood said. "Also too, it helps to guide medical decision-making, so I know in fact if a patient has coronavirus, I'm going to treat them a little differently than I would if they had strep throat, for instance, or an upper-respiratory infection."

In addition, Clinical Manager Julia Acrey said she hopes that with people being able to more quickly see the impact of getting together in holiday gatherings, they might change their behaviors ahead of Christmas and New Year's.

"If they're able to get that rapid to see immediately, oh hey, maybe they're seeing the errors of their ways and we're changing maybe the culture right now," Acrey said.

Hagood said their clinic is also working with ADPH and will be among the sites that will administer the COVID-19 vaccines once they are widely available, but that's a bit farther down the road. 

Acrey said those wanting a rapid test don't need an appointment before coming in.

Related Content

Scroll for more content...
Huntsville/Redstone
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 53°
Muscle Shoals
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 56°
Huntsville/Madison
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 53°
Decatur
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 53°
Fort Payne
Cloudy
51° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 51°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 439442

Reported Deaths: 6657
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson644371007
Mobile31435569
Madison28158217
Tuscaloosa21492275
Montgomery19873332
Shelby19248132
Baldwin17128189
Lee13137107
Morgan12594142
Etowah12070181
Calhoun11496206
Marshall10420123
Houston8988164
Limestone832081
Cullman8257124
Elmore8183110
DeKalb7871107
Lauderdale7847107
St. Clair7808130
Talladega6445112
Walker6028183
Jackson599145
Colbert548694
Blount546286
Autauga535862
Coffee460764
Dale409685
Franklin374150
Russell354215
Chilton344373
Covington338580
Escambia334544
Tallapoosa3143109
Dallas312996
Chambers303470
Clarke298036
Pike262431
Lawrence253355
Marion253161
Winston233342
Bibb222348
Geneva210247
Marengo208231
Pickens199531
Hale184944
Barbour180538
Fayette177829
Butler173160
Cherokee165131
Henry159525
Monroe152021
Randolph145536
Washington141727
Clay129746
Crenshaw123745
Macon121937
Cleburne121525
Lamar119922
Lowndes114836
Wilcox107922
Bullock103328
Perry99918
Conecuh97822
Sumter90527
Greene77923
Coosa63418
Choctaw51924
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 705876

Reported Deaths: 8819
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby783871172
Davidson72746692
Knox39988439
Hamilton35697337
Rutherford34042295
Unassigned23786134
Williamson22041144
Sumner18744232
Out of TN1629183
Montgomery15092149
Wilson14797164
Sullivan12932220
Blount12321133
Washington12148204
Maury11264131
Bradley1116398
Sevier10787121
Putnam10170152
Madison9309183
Robertson788687
Hamblen7213117
Anderson6983114
Greene6749115
Tipton636869
Coffee576982
Gibson5739116
Dickson557082
Cumberland554476
Bedford543091
Roane532481
Lawrence522169
McMinn520374
Carter5191116
Warren510455
Loudon506351
Jefferson493378
Dyer485286
Monroe470363
Hawkins458672
Franklin422865
Fayette412651
Obion405882
Rhea390657
Lincoln387246
Marshall356538
Cocke355760
Cheatham348531
Weakley345148
Henderson337059
Campbell336440
Giles332476
Carroll317160
White316946
Hardeman314754
Hardin305450
Lauderdale298834
Macon293951
Wayne270124
Henry267858
Overton259546
McNairy247142
DeKalb247042
Haywood245047
Marion235332
Smith234830
Trousdale230715
Scott229732
Hickman228935
Claiborne227432
Fentress216734
Grainger216039
Johnson205034
Morgan194616
Crockett183138
Bledsoe178011
Chester178039
Unicoi170045
Cannon161420
Lake158421
Decatur148828
Polk148517
Union144725
Grundy143122
Sequatchie141119
Humphreys137217
Benton133835
Lewis130921
Meigs118216
Stewart111220
Jackson105923
Clay96526
Perry95925
Houston94824
Moore8349
Pickett69020
Van Buren6738
Hancock4187

Community Events