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County cases continue to climb

Pike County saw another increase in COVID-19 cases on Monday as the state topped 8,000 confirmed cases.

As of 5:30 p.m., the Alabama Department of Public Health reported 78 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pike County, with more than 630 tests conducted and no deaths.

The ADPH reported a total of 8,025 confirmed cases in the state with 296 reported deaths and more than 103,000 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, 287 new cases were reported on Sunday; 272 on Saturday;  and 266 on Friday.

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.