Rise in Alabama cases over the past 14 days, due to July 4th?


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — In the past two weeks over 168,000 people have been tested for Covid-19 and 21,000 of those tests have been positive. Some wondered if July 4th would increase the numbers, and while there was an increase, experts said that cases have seen a bigger increase as early as June 24th.

“We have seen some increases in numbers and actually since June 24th, locally we’ve seen increases in demand for testing as well as the percent positives that we see through our drive through clinics has gone up since just before the 4th of July,” Southeast Public Health Administrator Corey Kirkland said.

Kirkland said that testing isn’t the only reason cases are going up, community outbreaks are happening in most counties. He said they’ve seen outbreaks in work places and long-term care facilities.

“We also see cases that are related to another positive,” Kirkland said. “In other words, they’re someone who lives with that person who’s positive. So it’s not just all in testing. Our own test results for the last few weeks here locally we’ve seen a much larger increase in our percent positive rates.”

With the increase of cases Kirkland wants to remind people the importance of social distancing and wearing masks.

“It does help to stop the spread of Covid-19,” Kirkland said. “I would encourage everyone to adopt that and really work hard at wearing your masks. Your hygiene, work with your children to do those things.”

Houston County is categorized as very high risk by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

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