Coffee County overtakes Houston County in COVID-19 cases


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COFFEE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — For the first time, Coffee County is now leading the Alabama Wiregrass counties in the number of COVID-19 cases, according to the latest data from the Alabama Department of Public Health..

Coffee County now has 80 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among its residents while Houston County has 78. However, Houston does have more confirmed deaths from COVID-19, with three residents dying from the virus versus the one resident in Coffee County.

Per state data, Houston County has tested at least 604 people while Coffee County tested at least 480. Coffee County’s rate of infection is nearly double that of Houston’s, with it reaching 152.8 per 100,000 people compared to Houston’s rate of 73.7.

Across the state, there are 5,832 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state is now just reporting confirmed COVID-19 deaths, which number up to 197 as of this report.

Of these deaths, 50 of them did not involve any underlying conditions, as of 10:30 a.m. Thursday. One hundred eight of the deaths involved cardiovascular disease as an underlying condition while 87 involved multiple conditions.

You can read more about case and death demographics here.

Note: The figures in this story involve county residents who have COVID-19, not non-residents. This is why Dothan hospitals are reporting higher numbers than the ADPH dashboard.

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