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State adds nearly 900 cases

Updated 1:20 p.m. to include hospitalization information.

Pike County added six new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 388 with five confirmed deaths.

Alabama added 888 new cases, bringing the total to 34,605 with 44 additional hospitalizations. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, more than 2,695 people have been hospitalized since March 13; 898 have died; and 18,866 are presumed recovered.

The state also set a new record high for the seven-day average of new cases at782.7; the previous record high was 779 set on June 16.

Don Williamson, head of the Alabama Hospital Association, warned that the state could quickly face a shortage of hospital and ICU beds. As of Thursday, the state had 82 percent of ICU beds occupied.

“What I really do worry about is waking up in three months and finding all of my regular ICU beds in communities are filled, hospitals are having to stop surgeries (and) we end up clogging the system,” he told al.com. With fewer than 260 ICU beds available, the state has “entered a new phase” of community spread, he said.”It is increasingly out of our ability to control.”

Nationally, the U.S. reached its third consecutive day with a record number of new reported COVID-19 infections. The U.S. reported more than 45,000 new infections on Friday. Previously, the largest single-day increase had been 36,738 on April 24.

Six states – Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah – reported their highest one-day case totals.

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, the U.S. had more than 2.48 million reported cases with more than 125,030 deaths.