Alabama adds 2,453 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday
By WSFA Staff | November 25, 2020 at 4:44 PM CST - Updated November 25 at 5:09 PM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 2,453 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, including probable cases.
According to ADPH data, there have been 239,318 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the state since the disease was first discovered here in mid-March.
Alabama’s death toll stands at 3,532. ADPH says the increase in deaths could be attributed to delays in reviewing standards.
The state reports, as of Wednesday, 23,942 people have been hospitalized since March 13.
In Montgomery and Prattville, Baptist Health reported 76 inpatients with COVID-19 at its hospitals as of Wednesday and Jackson Hospital reported 29 inpatients with COVID-19 as of Monday.
There have been 161,946 presumed recoveries. ADPH says this number is updated weekly.
According to ADPH, confirmed COVID-19 cases had SARS-CoV-2 detected using a molecular amplification test. Cases classified as probable cases either had SARS-CoV-2 detected using an antigen test, were known to be in close contact to a COVID-19 case or to be part of an exposed group, or COVID-19 was listed on their death certificate as an underlying cause. If someone meets probable criteria 1 or 2 but has a negative molecular amplification test they are not a case.
The state also released its updated risk indicator map on Friday.
ALABAMA CORONAVIRUS DATA
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HOW TO GET TESTED/HEALTH INFO
There’s a testing hotline to provide info about available testing sites and hours of operation. Call 888-264-2256, give your zip code, and the nearest location to you will be provided.
A separate hotline for questions about COVID-19 is at 800-270-7268 or a general info email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COVID-19 Tracker tool allows viewers to scroll through interactive maps and videos. Numbers are updated and new content is added daily.
A partnership between Walmart and Quest Diagnostics has made testing sites available to anyone who may be exhibiting symptoms as well as health care workers and first responders. All appointments will be drive-thru and in the Walmart parking lots and will be guided by Walmart pharmacist volunteers and Quest employees.
Montgomery has a text alert system to provide the latest information on the coronavirus. To register, text MGMSAFE to 888-777 or visit mgmready.com. This is for anyone living in Montgomery, Montgomery County, or Pike Road.
STATE OF ALABAMA
The State of Alabama has launched the website altogetheralabama.org - an online resource that is a hub of information for the state’s response to coronavirus.
A separate website provides real-time answers to questions about everything from COVID-19, a symptom checker developed by UAB, and information on testing site locations.
- Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Act which gives people a bump in the amount of SNAP benefits they can receive. To apply for SNAP benefits you can go online to myalabama.gov.
- The Montgomery Area Food Bank has a way for residents to easily find food pantries and help.
- The City of Montgomery has a food access hub offering an interactive map that lists providers offering free meals to students and others in need.
If you are unable to work due to COVID-19, you will be eligible to seek unemployment benefits.
Workers can file for benefits online or by calling 1-866-234-5382. Online filing is encouraged.
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