As Alabama reported just shy of 1,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday — the state’s second highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic — two Wiregrass counties are nearing 400 COVID-19 cases and a third has now surpassed 300 cases.
Houston County, the area’s largest county, reported 372 confirmed cases, which was just less than Pike County at 373, according to data compiled by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Coffee County ranks third in cases with 326, followed by Barbour County, 287; Covington County, 254; Dale County 209; Henry County, 123; and Geneva County, 53.
The Wiregrass area’s total 1,997 cases represent slightly more than 6% of the state’s 31,624 cases, including 586 reported during the past 14 days, ADPH reports. To date, just more than 358,000 tests have been performed, including 20,921 in southeast Alabama.
State health officials have also recorded 18 deaths in the Wiregrass. Houston, Henry, Pike and Covington counties have reported four each and Barbour and Coffee counties one each.
All data is tied to the county of residence for each patients, and no out-of-state information is included in the ADPH records.
On Wednesday, Southeast Health’s digital dashboard shows 221 confirmed cases from the 3,730 tests performed since the pandemic started. The hospital has discharged 153 COVID-19 patients and is treating 17. The medical facility also has reported 28 coronavirus-related deaths.
There is no data for Flowers Hospital, which stopped releasing COVID-19 information to the media several weeks ago.