MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVY) -- The Alabama Department of Public Health raised the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 386 Wednesday afternoon. Houston County's number of cases doubled from 1 to 2.
Wednesday afternoon's update is up 103 confirmed cases from the morning count of 283. Tuesday afternoon, the confirmed number of cases was 242 across the state.
Wednesday afternoon added 10 new counties to the list of those where coronavirus is present. Marshall County which started on the list 35 new confirmed cases. Also newly added to the list are: Blount, Butler, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Dallas, Russell, and Wilcox.
There are 3 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Houston County, but the first patient is a Georgia resident, so is counted in their numbers. The second patient is in a nursing home.
ADPH refutes reports of a confirmed coronavirus-related death, tweeting that it is still investigating cases around the state.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has not confirmed a death from COVID-19 at this time. ADPH continues to investigate cases of #COVID19 in Alabama.— Alabama Public Health (@ALPublicHealth) March 25, 2020
However, the Jackson County Commission has confirmed one of its part-time employees has died after testing positive for the respiratory illness. That would mark the state’s first illness-related fatality.
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.