Alabama has 501 confirmed cases of COVID-19

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVY) -- The Alabama Department of Public Health confirms there are now 501 cases of coronavirus in Alabama. Jefferson County has the most cases per county with 148, while Shelby has 52 cases. These numbers were updated at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.

It has been almost two weeks since the state announced its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

ADPH confirmed the state’s first death due to the coronavirus Wednesday evening. The patient was a resident of Jackson County.

The ADPH reports 4,082 people have been tested, but adds total tested primarily represents tests that were satisfactorily performed by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL), along with some data from commercial labs. Commercial labs are required, by law, to report positive tests to ADPH. Some commercial labs do not report negative specimens.

Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says statistics gathered by the state indicate the victims of the disease range in age from two to 97-years-old, with six to seven percent requiring hospitalization.

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.