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Pike County cases top 330

COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 60 percent in Pike County during the past 14 days.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, the Alabama Department of Public Health reported 334 cases in Pike County, with two confirmed deaths. The county has recorded 126 new cases within the past 14 days, an increase of 60.6 percent.

Statewide, the ADPH reported 25,892 cases with 769 confirmed deaths. That’s an increase of 7.555 cases within the past 14 days.

The surge of coronavirus cases in Alabama is prompting renewed health warnings from health and public officials that the risk of COVID-19 remains, and people need to take precautions.

“COVID-19 spreads quickly, and your actions affect others,” State Health Officer Scott Harris said in a Friday statement.

Harris told The Associated Press this week that it is more important than ever for people to take precautions.

“I think reopening the economy gave a lot of people the wrong impression, or they intentionally acquired the wrong impression, that, ‘Hey everything is fine. Let’s go back to normal.’ And clearly, it is not that way. Really, now more than ever we need people to stay 6 feet apart, wear face coverings and wash their hands,” Harris said.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said Alabama has experienced outbreaks at workplaces, long-term care facilities, and as a result of large gatherings, such as those occurring during the Memorial Day holiday.