Dale County at highest risk for COVID-19, has second-highest number of cases in Wiregrass


DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — 85,278 Alabamians have tested positive for COVID-19 since March, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Out of this number, more than 1,531 people have died from the virus.

No new deaths have been reported Friday, although case numbers continue to rise.

In the Southeastern District, Houston County still leads at 1,242 cases, but Dale County has jumped to the second-highest spot, surpassing Butler County by 10 cases.

Here is the district’s ranking:

  • Butler County — 35 deaths; 751 cases
  • Dale County — 22 deaths; 787 cases
  • Covington County — 20 deaths; 715 cases
  • Houston County — 12 deaths; 1,327 cases
  • Pike County — Seven deaths; 660 cases
  • Coffee County — Five deaths; 716 cases
  • Barbour County — Five deaths; 563 cases
  • Crenshaw County — Three deaths; 297 cases
  • Henry County — Three deaths; 246 cases
  • Geneva County — Zero deaths; 242 cases;

As for the county risk levels, Dale County is the only county in our viewing area that has the “very high risk” designation.

The percent of those testing positive for the virus was well above the state average two weeks ago.

Other counties like Henry, Houston, and Geneva counties were labeled as high-risk counties while Coffee and Covington counties were designated as moderate risk counties.

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