The Alabama Department of Public Health reported more than 300 new COVID-19 cases Saturday — the first day since April 12 when more than 300 new cases were reported in a single day.
As of Saturday at 6:30 p.m., at least 7,611 people have tested positive for the virus, an increase of 317 since Friday. At least 288 people have died from COVID-19 and more than 1,000 have been hospitalized.
Saturday’s increase of 317 is the most since April 12, when 321 new cases were reported. The single largest daily increase was on April 9, when 339 new cases were reported, according to APR‘s analysis of the Department of Public Health’s data.
Cut-off times for reporting new positive cases could have contributed to part of Saturday’s large increase, but a seven-day average of new cases also shows a rising number of new reported cases over the last three days. Until Friday, the seven-day average of new reported cases fell.
The total number of people tested in Alabama has also risen in the past week, from 71,344 on April 25 to 98,716 on Saturday. Still, only 2 percent of the state’s population has been tested.
On average, about 80 people per 100,000 are being tested per day, according to APR‘s analysis of the state’s reported totals.
Over the past week, Alabama has recorded 1,398 new cases of the virus.
Mobile County has recorded the most new cases, reporting 284 new cases over the last week, including 73 on Saturday. The number of new confirmed cases reported Saturday in Mobile County is the second-most since the outbreak began in mid-March. The county’s largest daily increase was on April 9, when it recorded 80 new cases.
More than 1,172 cases in total have been reported in Mobile County.