UPDATE: County has more than 400 new COVID-19 cases in last 7 days

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor

It’s been another seven days of record numbers in Shelby County with more than 400 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, while the state saw more than 10,000 new cases in that same time frame.

With 430 new cases in the county over the last week, the total number of confirmed cases since the outbreak began has now risen 1,764 with 22,869 tests administered.

That means 7.7 percent of those tested thus far have tested positive, while 0.8 percent of the county’s population has tested positive and 10.5 percent of the county’s population has tested positive.

Over the last week there have been 2,541 new tests administered, meaning 16.9 percent of those tested in that time span have tested positive.

Over the last two weeks, there have been 714 new cases in the county, which makes up 40 percent of all cases in a battle against the novel coronavirus that has been going on for four months as of Monday, July 13.

During the last two weeks, the county has also seen the worst individual days of its battle as well with five days featuring 60-plus new cases, four featuring 70-plus new cases and two featuring 87 new cases. Those five days alone make up 390 of the county’s cases.

Over the last month, there have been more than 1,000 new cases after there were less than 650 during the first three months combined, while there have been approximately 10,000 new tests in the last month. The ADPH has confirmed 25 deaths in the county so far, which marks an increase of five in the last month, while the Shelby County coroner has confirmed a total of 32 deaths related to the virus.

For the county, it marks the worst month of the battle against the coronavirus, as summer is in full swing and more people are shifting back to normal life.

As for the state, there have now been 54,768 confirmed cases of the virus since the outbreak began four months ago. In the last month, there have been an additional 29,533 cases, which was more than the previous three months combined at 25,233.

So far, 518,827 people have been tested, which means 10.5 percent of those tested have tested positive, while 1.1 percent of the state’s population has tested positive with 10.5 percent of the state’s population tested.

The state death count is now at 1,096, which means the survival rate is currently at 98 percent with 25,738 presumed recoveries thus far.

Of those who have died, 78.6 percent have been older than 65, while 16.7 percent have been between 50 and 64. Only 4.3 percent of deaths have come in those between the ages of 25 and 49, while 0.4 percent have been younger.

In confirmed cases, 41.5 percent have been between the ages of 25 and 49, 10 percent have been between the ages of 50 and 64, 19.7 percent have been between the ages of 5 and 24 and 16.6 percent have been older than 65, meaning those under the age of 50 are getting it at a higher rate, but those older are dying at a higher percentage. In addition to that, 55.89 percent of confirmed cases have been in females, while 50.9 percent of deaths have been in males.

If you think you have been exposed or have symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate and call your doctor or nearest medical facility for guidance or call the Alabama Department of Public Health hotline at 1-888-264-2256.

For more information about COVID-19, visit Alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.

To view an updated dashboard of confirmed cases and see testing sites, visit Alpublichealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/6d2771faa9da4a2786a509d82c8cf0f7

Continue to follow throughout this week for daily updates to see if the upward trend continues in relation to the number of tests administered.