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Pike County shifts back to ‘moderate’ risk

Pike County shifted back into the moderate category for COVID-19 risk on Friday, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The risk assessment, updated weekly, shifted up from the low category based on the 14-day rate of positive test results.

As of Friday’s update, the ADPH reported 1,227 cases of coronavirus in Pike County since tracking began: 945 confirmed, 282 probable. The ADPH reports 12 virus-related deaths in the county.

Troy University reported another seven cases among students at the Troy Campus on Friday, bringing the student cases reported since Aug. 3 to more than 425.

Statewide, 156,698 cases have been reported, with 138,989 confirmed and 17,709 probable. More than 2,550 deaths have been reported.

Probable cases are those detected with rapid results or antigen tests, which carry a higher false negative rate than other testing.

The virus spread reached the White House on Friday, as President Donald Trump and his wife, Melanie, tested positive for the virus. President Donald Trump will spend a “few days” at a military hospital after contracting COVID-19.