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 6, 2021 4:06 PM
Updated: 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: 529446

Reported Deaths: 10930
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson763031516
Mobile40850804
Madison34622501
Tuscaloosa25701451
Montgomery24289585
Shelby23367247
Baldwin21035307
Lee15822169
Calhoun14469313
Morgan14266279
Etowah13806352
Marshall12185222
Houston10533280
Elmore10029205
Limestone9948150
Cullman9640193
St. Clair9589239
Lauderdale9407239
DeKalb8814185
Talladega8199175
Walker7214277
Autauga6914108
Jackson6801111
Blount6635136
Colbert6288134
Coffee5498117
Dale4820111
Russell438438
Chilton4258111
Franklin424782
Covington4111117
Tallapoosa4004150
Escambia393076
Chambers3555123
Dallas3543151
Clarke350661
Marion3105100
Pike310177
Lawrence299798
Winston273672
Bibb260463
Marengo249064
Geneva247676
Pickens233659
Barbour230756
Hale222276
Butler215869
Fayette212062
Henry188744
Cherokee184145
Randolph179241
Monroe177040
Washington167039
Macon158850
Clay155156
Crenshaw151957
Cleburne148341
Lamar141534
Lowndes138553
Wilcox126729
Bullock122941
Conecuh110129
Perry107526
Coosa106928
Sumter104332
Greene92334
Choctaw60424
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 850885

Reported Deaths: 12228
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby953751618
Davidson89250932
Knox50562634
Hamilton44186492
Rutherford42989434
Williamson27959217
Sumner23951348
Montgomery20166225
Wilson18764233
Out of TN1836297
Unassigned16967134
Sullivan16720294
Blount15468193
Bradley14995149
Washington14554245
Maury13471171
Sevier13360175
Putnam11357174
Madison11151241
Robertson9745131
Anderson8751172
Hamblen8596173
Greene7844155
Tipton7328100
Coffee6894121
Dickson6831110
Cumberland6711129
Carter6603156
Gibson6520145
Bedford6503128
McMinn649998
Roane6272105
Jefferson6186124
Loudon611469
Hawkins6011107
Lawrence590886
Monroe582395
Warren554481
Dyer5417106
Franklin514090
Fayette504075
Cheatham454655
Obion453696
Cocke449199
Lincoln434663
Rhea434175
Marshall418258
Campbell415263
Weakley410864
Giles3995100
Henderson378476
White362669
Macon361778
Carroll361583
Hardin356867
Hardeman351364
Claiborne317873
Lauderdale317744
Henry317676
Marion312547
Scott311745
Overton300661
Wayne295834
Hickman283546
McNairy281154
DeKalb279454
Smith277339
Haywood270662
Grainger262150
Trousdale249922
Morgan249339
Fentress241047
Johnson239139
Chester214051
Bledsoe213211
Polk206624
Crockett203248
Unicoi202549
Cannon191831
Union190634
Grundy179034
Humphreys178926
Lake170226
Sequatchie169529
Benton165740
Decatur158539
Lewis158126
Meigs138825
Stewart132328
Jackson131935
Clay110131
Houston109333
Perry106328
Moore101017
Van Buren84623
Pickett75924
Hancock58812

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