Alabama COVID-19 death count increases
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - There have been five deaths related to the coronavirus at East Alabama Medical Center, the hospital confirmed Saturday night.
Two of the deaths were Lee County residents and three were Chambers County residents.
A total of 19 patients are being treated at EAMC for the coronavirus.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, Lee County has 56 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and Chambers County has 17 confirmed of the coronavirus.
The deaths at EAMC are in addition to three deaths the Alabama Department of Public Health confirmed in north Alabama this week, and one death the Mobile County Health Department confirmed in Mobile County.
The deaths at EAMC are not reflected on the ADPH website yet because hospital and state health officials are in the process of official state determination, the hospital said. The hospital shared the information “so that citizens in this area understand the gravity of this virus.”
“Our hospital family expresses its collective condolences to the families of these five patients,” stated Laura Grill, EAMC President and CEO. “As everyone knows, this virus has taken a toll on our nation and world, and our community is not exempt from that. Our hearts and prayers are with these families at this very difficult time.”
A sixth case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Houston County according to the Alabama Department of Public Health although the Southeast Health web site currently lists 8 confirmed cases at that hospital alone. At least some of those cases at the regional medical center are probably patients from out of state.
State officials opened a toll-free number for people who develop symptoms and need to be tested. For more on how to get tested, you can call 1-888-264-2256. This is not a medical helpline.
In a single 24-hour period, between Wednesday and Thursday, the number of cases increased by more than 500, or 25 percent. Now, between Thursday’s 6pm update of 2,484 cases and Saturday’s 11am update, there’s been an increase of more than 1200. There are now 3,763 coronavirus cases statewide and 12 more people have died, bringing the total to 46.
Miami-Dade has the most cases with 763, followed by Broward with 614, Palm Beach with 194, Hillsborough with 167 and Orange with 156.
Despite the growth in the number of cases in the Sunshine State, Governor Ron DeSantis has balked at demands he enact a statewide stay-at-home order, saying he prefers to allow each city and county to make their own determinations as to what is required.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is reporting 2,366 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the 12 p.m. Saturday (3/28) update.
The total deaths related to COVID-19 is now 69. A total of 617 confirmed cases are hospitalized.
According to DPH, there are 15 positive cases in Chatham County, seven in Glynn County, four in Effingham County, six in Bryan County, two in Liberty County, one in Long County, two in Camden County, one in Toombs County and two in Tattnall County.
DPH will release updated numbers daily at noon and 7 p.m.