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Rachael Lee, M.D., Assistant Professor, UAB Department of Infectious Diseases. (Photo: UAB)

Updated: 5:15 p.m.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in Alabama rose to 517 from 5:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon. That is from 386 the night before.

The second COVID-19 death of the state was also reported on Thursday. Albert Johnson, 78, from Lauderdale County, died loudly His family’s media reports and social media posts.

There are now confirmed cases in 48 of Alabama’s 67 districts. Jefferson County continues to lead the state in cases of 159. There are 17 confirmed cases in Montgomery. The number of cases in Autauga County rose to 6 Thursday. Lowndes County also has its first reported case.

The Alabama Public Health Department switched to a new reporting mode. A graphic was used that is updated in real time. The Montgomery Advertiser usually reports new case numbers twice a day.

The COVID-19 coronavirus causes flu and pneumonia in young and relatively healthy people, although some experts point out that for many patients it is still more dangerous and intense than the average flu.

But it can be fatal, especially to people over 60 or with pre-existing health conditions, and young people may transmit the virus without knowing it, says Brian Hastings, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

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On Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey announced that the schools would remain closed for the rest of the semester and students would end the year at home.

More: Alabama schools remain closed amid the coronavirus pandemic

“This decision was not taken lightly. It was made with tremendous concern and discussion,” she said. “We have to be serious about eliminating the spread of this virus. Public health instructions are not suggestions. They were introduced to save your life.”

On Wednesday, the governor and state health officials confirmed that the state’s first death from the virus occurred in Jackson County, the far northeast corner of the state. The victim had basic conditions, health officials said.

More: Alabama’s first coronavirus death is in Jackson County, ADPH and governor say

Also on Wednesday, the number of reported cases increased more than 100 between morning and evening. After reporting 283 cases on Wednesday morning, the Alabama Department of Health reported 386 cases were confirmed.

More: Confirmed cases of Alabama corona viruses swell to 386

The UAB hospital announced that its inpatient COVID-19 cases had tripled within 24 hours and at least 60 people had been hospitalized by Wednesday evening. The majority of patients needed ventilation, although UAB said some patients had recovered.

“I want to make it clear what I’m saying about this drastic and rapid increase for our community,” said Dr. Sarah Nafziger on Tuesday. “This is a dangerous situation that our community must take seriously. Everyone has an important responsibility at the moment to save lives.”

This week’s doctors and hospital management from Alabama informed the advertiser that Alabama was unable to cope with a large influx of cases at the same time. Experts say that social distancing and isolation measures must be followed to “smooth” the curve or spread the number of infections over an extended period of time. If widespread infections occur too quickly, Alabama runs out of hospital beds and medical equipment.

More: “Absolutely Unknown Territory”: Alabama hospitals are preparing to attack the corona virus Lack of resources

Cases of Alabama Corona Viruses by County:

  • Autauga (6)
  • Baldwin (5)
  • Blount (2)
  • Bullock (2)
  • Butler (1)
  • Calhoun (2)
  • Chambers (13)
  • Cherokee (1)
  • Chilton (4)
  • Choctaw (1)
  • Clay (1)
  • Cleburne (1)
  • Colbert (1)
  • Coosa (2)
  • Crenshaw (1)
  • Cullman (6)
  • Dallas (2)
  • DeKalb (1)
  • Elmore (10)
  • Etowah (4)
  • Franklin (3)
  • Houston (3)
  • Jackson (4)
  • Jefferson (159)
  • Lamar (1)
  • Lauderdale (9)
  • Lawrence (3)
  • Lee (47)
  • Limestone (13)
  • Lowndes (1)
  • Madison (43)
  • Marengo (1)
  • Marion (7)
  • Marshall (3)
  • Mobile (18)
  • Montgomery (17)
  • Morgan (9)
  • Pickens (1)
  • Pike (2)
  • Russell (1)
  • St. Clair (6)
  • Shelby (52)
  • Talladega (4)
  • Tallapoosa (4)
  • Tuscaloosa (19)
  • Walker (17)
  • Washington (2)
  • Wilcox (2)

Our Data Central page contains an interactive map that records confirmed COVID-19 cases, restorations, and deaths from across the state, nation, and the world.

The map is updated automatically and shows a close-up [state] District.

Or zoom out to see numbers from across the nation and the world.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Krista Johnson at [email protected].

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