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State break records for new COVID-19 cases, numbers in Madison and Limestone counties continue to be high

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported an all-time high number of new coronavirus cases today in the state.

Statewide there were 2,164 new cases, breaking the previous record set Friday of 1,758. Over the last seven days the state has averaged 1,283 new cases per day. More than 30% of the state’s 48,588 cases have come in the last 14 days.

Madison County had 145 new cases reported today, bringing its cumulative total to 1,907. That matches the daily total reported yesterday. There have been 1,042 tests administered in the county over the last 14 days with 14.6% of those reported as positive. Eight Madison County residents have died of the disease.

Madison County is now under a mandatory face covering order in an effort to stem the current surge.

In Limestone County, the 49 new cases reported today surpassed the previous high of 37, on Friday. Forty-two percent of Limestone’s 574 cases have come in the last 14 days. Limestone’s percentage of positive tests is also increasing. Over the last 14 days, 14.25% of tests in the county have come back positive, surpassing the 12.98% positivity rate for the state over the last 14 days. One Limestone County resident has died of the disease.

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