Alabama death toll rises to 3 as more than 500 COVID-19 cases are confirmed

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Alabama Department of Public Health confirms there are now 538 cases of coronavirus and three virus-related deaths in Alabama.

Jefferson County has the most cases per county with 173, while Shelby has 53 cases. These numbers were updated at 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 27.

There’s no way of telling how many cases will be confirmed in Alabama, but the state began taking precautions on March 13 when the second case was confirmed. Thursday, March 26, Gov. Kay Ivey announced all public schools will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Students will move to online or distance learning.

The ADPH reports 4,082 people have been tested, but adds total tested primarily represents tests that were satisfactorily performed by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL), along with some data from commercial labs. Commercial labs are required, by law, to report positive tests to ADPH. Some commercial labs do not report negative specimens.

According to Dr. Scott Harris, the age range for patients is less than 1 year to 97-years-old.

Cases have been confirmed out of the following counties:

Autauga: 6 confirmed case
Baldwin: 5 confirmed cases
Blount: 3 confirmed cases
Bullock: 2 confirmed cases
Butler: 1 confirmed case
Calhoun: 2 confirmed cases
Chambers: 13 confirmed cases
Cherokee: 1 confirmed case
Chilton: 4 confirmed cases
Choctaw: 1 confirmed case
Clay: 1 confirmed case
Cleburne: 1 confirmed case
Colbert: 1 confirmed case
Coosa: 2 confirmed cases
Crenshaw: 1 confirmed case
Cullman: 6 confirmed cases
Dallas: 2 confirmed cases
DeKalb: 1 confirmed case
Elmore: 10 confirmed cases
Etowah: 4 confirmed cases
Franklin: 3 confirmed cases
Houston: 3 confirmed cases
Jackson: 4 confirmed cases
Jefferson: 173 confirmed cases
Lamar: 1 confirmed case
Lauderdale: 9 confirmed cases
Lawrence: 3 confirmed case
Lee: 47 confirmed cases
Limestone: 13 confirmed cases
Lowndes: 1 confirmed case
Madison: 43 confirmed cases
Marengo: 1 confirmed case
Marion: 7 confirmed cases
Marshall: 3 confirmed cases
Mobile: 21 confirmed cases
Montgomery: 17 confirmed cases
Morgan: 9 confirmed cases
Pickens: 1 confirmed case
Pike: 2 confirmed cases
Russell: 1 confirmed case
St. Clair: 6 confirmed cases
Shelby: 53 confirmed cases
Talladega: 4 confirmed cases
Tallapoosa: 4 confirmed cases
Tuscaloosa: 20 confirmed cases
Walker: 18 confirmed cases
Washington: 2 confirmed cases
Wilcox: 2 confirmed case
Deaths: 3

Jackson County (1)

Lauderdale County (1)

Madison County (1)