Alabama reported 16,712 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, down 3.8% from the previous week. The previous week had 17,366 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Alabama ranked sixth among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 7.4% from the week before, with 906,593 cases reported. With 1.47% of the country’s population, Alabama had 1.84% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 28 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Montgomery County reported 957 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 989 cases and five deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 62,703 cases and 965 deaths.
Elmore County reported 372 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 431 cases and zero deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 25,963 cases and 352 deaths.
Autauga County reported 200 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 231 cases and three deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 17,468 cases and 220 deaths.
Dallas County reported 180 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 203 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 9,511 cases and 247 deaths.
Lowndes County reported 26 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 35 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 2,890 cases and 79 deaths.
Across Alabama, cases fell in 41 counties, with the best declines in Mobile County, with 1,261 cases from 1,393 a week earlier; in Escambia County, with 84 cases from 185; and in Baldwin County, with 699 cases from 790.
Within Alabama, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Monroe County with 550 cases per 100,000 per week; Dallas County with 484; and Morgan County with 474. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Jefferson County, with 2,531 cases; Madison County, with 1,278 cases; and Mobile County, with 1,261. Weekly case counts rose in 26 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Tuscaloosa, Madison and Marshall counties.
In Alabama,19 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 50 people were reported dead.
A total of 1,424,411 people in Alabama have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 19,891 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 91,316,648 people have tested positive and 1,029,926 people have died.
Alabama’s COVID-19 hospital admissions falling
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, July 31. Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 1,256
- The week before that: 1,286
- Four weeks ago: 1,071
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 75,143
- The week before that: 73,476
- Four weeks ago: 63,312
Hospitals in 24 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 21 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 30 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at firstname.lastname@example.org.