ADPH reports much higher COVID-19 cases, deaths after changing counting methods


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — The Alabama Department of Public Health has made an adjustment to how it counts cumulative COVID-19 cases and deaths in its case characteristics documents.

The ADPH is now combining the number of confirmed cases and probable cases, which would bring Alabama’s total to 150,658 cases and deaths to 2,491. However, the ADPH dashboard shows that the number of confirmed cases and deaths are only 134,231 and 2,357, respectively.

These changes also apply to local totals seen on the dashboard. For example, Houston County is listed in one data set as having 2,802 cases and 21 deaths in these combined totals, but its actual confirmed figures are 2,135 cases and 15 deaths when you subtract the probable data.

Here are the confirmed figures for the counties in the Southeastern District:

  • Houston County — 2,313 cases; 18 deaths
  • Coffee County — 1,262 cases; 6 deaths
  • Dale County — 1,240 cases; 50 deaths
  • Pike County — 980 cases; nine deaths
  • Butler County — 936 cases; 39 deaths
  • Covington County — 928 cases; 27 deaths
  • Barbour County — 693 cases; nine deaths
  • Geneva County — 598 cases; seven deaths
  • Crenshaw County — 460 cases; 29 deaths
  • Henry County — 429 cases; four deaths

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