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Alabama nears 90,000 confirmed cases

Pike County’s risk shifted back to the high category in the latest assessment by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The COVID-19 risk assessment, based on data reported through July 25, shifts the county’s threat level higher based on the 14 day rate of coronavirus infections. The county had previously dropped to moderate, based on data reported through July 18.

The assessment is updated each Friday for the prior week’s data.

The high risk indicates the county has had decreasing case counts for 1 to 6 days.  The high risk category is reserved for counties with steady or increasing rates of infection. Moderate risk reflects a 7 to 13 day downward trajectory and low risk, a 14-plus day downward trajectory.

While the risk assessments carry no authority, they do provide guidance to residents, suggesting in the case of high risk avoiding gatherings of 20 or more people; maintaining social distancing; and restricting travel out of the state, if possible.

Pike County added another six cases of the virus overnight Sunday, bringing its total to 660 with seven deaths. According to Bamatracker.com, the county’s percent of positive cases over the last 14 days is 11.44, a decrease from the prior totals.

Statewide, an additional 1,116 cases were reported Monday morning, bringing totals to 89,927 with 1,580 confirmed deaths. More than 1,517 people are currently hospitalized and more than 35,400 are presumed recovered.