By Zach Hester, Reporter • firstname.lastname@example.org
DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — On Monday, DeKalb County reached a milestone in its war against the novel coronavirus: 1,000 confirmed cases.
According to data provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), DeKalb has 1,001 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with ten probable cases awaiting official results. Seven people have died in DeKalb County as a result of the virus since March.
Since the county’s first case in late March, more than 6,000 tests have been given with 2,289 of those in the last 14 days (as of Monday, July 13, 2020).
Statewide, Alabama has confirmed 54,768 cases of COVID-19 with almost 1,100 deaths. 518,827 Alabamians have been tested and 25,783 of the cases are presumed to be recovered based on the criteria from the ADPH. 6,745 people have been hospitalized with the virus since March 13.
In a joint statement last week, county officials from the DeKalb County Commission and DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) stated, “We realize people are tired and we all want to get back to a normal state, but we must be vigilant and safe about reopening.”
At a press conference last month, Governor Kay Ivey encouraged Alabamians to “take personal responsibility” and continue following the guidelines from federal and state officials: maintaining a six-foot distance between yourself and others, staying home unless necessary, and wearing a face covering or mask in public.