MONTGOMERY, AL — After several weeks of decreasing numbers on new COVID-19 cases, Alabama has seen a gradual increase in the number of new cases per day in recent weeks. As well, the state surpassed 2,800 total deaths since the pandemic began, placing Alabama 20th in the U.S. in deaths per number of cases.
Alabama is still averaging more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day. By the end of September, the state was averaging fewer than 900 new cases per day.
In the last seven days, the average number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has been higher (838) than it was when the month began (751).
Of the 153,016 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Public Health estimates that 74,238 people are presumed to have recovered from the virus.
health officials point to several factors that could contribute to a spike in new cases in Alabama. Some say a relaxed attitude toward wearing masks and social distancing is one factor, as well as students returning to school and parents attending athletic events.
New cases of COVID-19 statewide in the last week:
October 13: 886 new cases
October 14: 1,235 new cases
October 15: 1,238 new cases
October 16: 1,331 new cases
October 17: 985 new cases
October 18: 874 new cases
October 19: 1,085 new cases
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This article originally appeared on the Birmingham Patch