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County on pace to double cases in 14 days

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are on track to double every 14 days in Pike County, according to data analysis.

The data, provided through the Alabama Political Reporter, analyzes county-by-county COVID-19 infection rates throughout the state, comparing results based on a number of factors including confirmed cases; deaths; cases per 100,000 population; percentage of population tested; and spread rates.

As of 5:15 p.m. Thursday, the Alabama Department of Public Health had reported 175 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pike County with no deaths. Pike County ranks 19th among Alabama Counties in cases per 100,000 residents. Lowndes, Butler and Bullock are the top three counties with infection per 100,000 residents.

Alabama has reported more than 16,310 total confirmed cases statewide, adding 5,225 cases in the last 14 days. The state has recorded 590 COVID-19 deaths.

Pike County has reported more than 50 new cases within the past week. Those new cases included six residents and one employee at a local nursing, two Pike County Commission employees and three employees of the Pike County Health Department.

Alabama has added more than 5,000 coronavirus cases over the last 14 days as the state lifted restrictions.

The state this month lifted most of the restrictions that had been in place, allowing restaurants, hair salons, entertainment venues and other places to open with social distancing requirements. The Memorial Day weekend drew crowds to Alabama’s Gulf Coast beaches.

Harris urged people to follow social distancing guidelines and take precautions.

“People now more than ever need to be careful about observing six-foot distance, about wearing face coverings, about sanitation and hygiene. All those are more important than they’ve ever been because we have more people out doing more things,” said state health officer Scott Harris.