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County case count increases

Pike County saw a slight increase in COVID-19 cases on Friday as the state neared 7,300 confirmed cases.

As of 5:30 p.m., the Alabama Department of Public Health reported 69 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pike County, with more than 630 tests conducted and no deaths.

The ADPH reported a total of 7,294 confirmed cases in the state with 289 reported deaths and more than 91,900 tests conducted.

Troy Regional Medical Center officials on Thursday reported that a part-time lab employee who lived in Autauga County had died of COVID-19 related issues.

According to the ADPH, 215 new cases were reported on Thursday; 164 on Wednesday;  and 201 on Tuesday.

Friday also marked the first full day of the “Safer at Home” health order that allows the reopening of Alabama’s beaches and retail establishments, at 50% capacity, and the resumption of elective and non-emergency medical procedures. Restaurants remain closed for in-person dining and groups of more than 10 people are still prohibited. The order is in place through May 15.

In Troy and Pike County, retail owners are making plans to reopen their storefronts in upcoming days.