Coronavirus update: State hospitalizations dip

Coronavirus update: State hospitalizations dip

Alabama added 875 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 33 deaths, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Total reported cases since March was at 100,801 Wednesday; there have been 1,814 COVID-19-related deaths as of Wednesday.

The most recent weekly percentage of positive tests continued to dip to 12.3%, according to Aug. 8 data. That’s down from 16.7% in mid-July.

Meanwhile, state hospitals on Wednesday reported 1,372 COVID-19 patients statewide. That’s the lowest number of hospitalizations in nearly a month.

Bama Tracker New COVID-19 Cases & 7-Day Average

Source: Alabama Department of Public Health

 

 

Bama Tracker Confirmed Hospitalizations & 7-Day Average

Source: Alabama Department of Public Health

 

On Twitter Wednesday, ADPH said new testing laboratories have begun providing results to the department.

“While ADPH has long term reporting relationships with many labs in Alabama and other states, new labs have begun to provide testing,” the department said. “ADPH was not aware of some of these labs, and these labs were not familiar with mandatory reporting of notifiable diseases. When ADPH becomes aware of a new lab performing SARS-CoV-2 testing, ADPH educates the labs regarding uploading data in a timely, accurate electronic format.”