Tuscaloosa County Passes 3,000 All-Time Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
Tuscaloosa County officially surpassed 3,000 all-time confirmed cases of COVID-19 Saturday, with 24 more probable cases, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health. The rate of infectivity sits at 781.9 per 100,000 people.
With 731 of the county's confirmed cases popping up in the last 14 days, it's still just a bit too early to tell the effects of the Tuscaloosa City Council's mask mandate, which was soon followed by a similar statewide measure announced by Governor Kay Ivey Wednesday.
According to the CDC website, Tuscaloosa ranks fourth in the state for both confirmed cases and deaths, now passing 54. Statewide, 573,441 people have been tested, and 29,736 cases have recovered.
There are currently four testing sites within Tuscaloosa:
- American Family Care Clinic - Open Monday-Sunday, 8:00am-6:00pm
- Maude Whatley Health Center - Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 9:00am-3:00pm
- Tuscaloosa County Health Department - Open Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:30am-9:30am
- Urgent Care for Children (Ages 0-21) - Open Monday-Friday, 2:00pm-10:00pm, and 10:00am-8:00pm on weekends
Persons over the age of 65 make up just of 16% of all confirmed cases in the state, with the largest percentage being persons ages 25-49. Women make up the majority of the state's cases at 55 percent.
The health care industry remains hard hit by the virus -- 9,671 of the state's confirmed cases were either health care workers or residents of or employees at nursing homes.
The city of Tuscaloosa has already hosted several rounds of mask giveaways, with more rumored to happen in the near future. Stay tuned to this site and station for more coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to unfold.