The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 40 new coronavirus deaths in the state on Tuesday, the most ever in a single day. 1,136 people have died of the virus in Alabama since March, 210 of them in July. The 7-day average for deaths in the state stands at 18.4 per day, a new record.
The state also confirmed more than 1,600 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing that 7-day average for new cases above 1,500 for the first time. Deaths, along with hospitalizations, tend to trail the new cases by weeks. Alabama’s current surge in cases began almost exactly three weeks ago – and the weeks since have been the state’s worst since the pandemic began.
Cherokee County has had a total of 135 cases since March, with five other cases being listed as “probable”; the county has had seven deaths as a result of the illness.
A total of 61 new cases have been reported over the past 14 days in the county – that, out of 505 individuals being tested. At this point statewide, the number of presumed recoveries is up to 25,783.
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