MONTGOMERY, Ala. (ABC News/WDHN) — The United States is nearing the milestone of 100,000 COVID-19, but the president said the death toll could have been much higher.
“If we didn’t act quickly and smartly, we would have, in my opinion and the opinion of others, anywhere from 10 to 20 and maybe even 25 times the number of deaths,” President Donald Trump said.
In some areas of the country, the cases are growing with 14 states reporting increases — up from 11 Monday.
FEMA documents obtained by ABC News show that two of the top 10 counties across the country with growing cases are near Montgomery, Alabama. Here is how FEMA has ranked them:
- St. Francis, Arizona
- Ford, Kansas
- Echols, Georgia
- Dakota, Nevada
- Manassas City, Virginia
- Nobles, Minnesota
- Buena Vista, Iowa
- Holmes, Missouri
- Lowndes, Alabama
- Bullock, Alabama
Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said it’s too soon to reopen — with 80 percent of its 30 COVID-19 deaths happening in the last month.
“I think by easing the restrictions and trying to open things back up that has caused people to let down their guard,” Reed said.
Bullock County confirmed 141 of its 169 COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks. Lowndes confirmed 98 of its 123 cases in the same time period.
As of this report, Alabama has reported 15,755 total cases and 581 deaths.