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COVID-19 in Alabama summary for May 5 | Total number of cases up 2% since yesterday

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The latest on the coronavirus in Alabama for Tuesday.

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5:00 PM: There are 8,285 confirmed cases statewide with 313 deaths.

  • Calhoun County has 110 cases, 3 deaths
  • Jefferson County has 1,003 cases, 49 deaths
  • Tuscaloosa County has 239 cases, 3 deaths
  • Roughly 2.2% of the state's population has been tested.
  • 1,107 people have been hospitalized

Go here for a county-by-county breakdown.

The Alabama Department of Health says as of May 1st, 2,320 people who had previously tested positive with the virus are no longer showing symptoms.

The Birmingham City Council has approved some exemptions to the city's face mask ordinance for workplaces.

Shelby County High Schools will have drive-thru graduation ceremonies the weekend of June 15. The school system will announce dates and times.

There are at least 1,199,238 cases and at least 70,646 deaths in the United States, according to a tally by John Hopkins University.

2:00 PM: There are 8,206 confirmed cases statewide with 310 deaths, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Cases are up 2% since yesterday

The State of Emergency due to COVID-19 in the city of Bessemer has been extended through 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020 by decree of the Bessemer City Council at the request of Mayor Kenneth Gulley. All city buildings are closed to the public during this time.

  • City Buildings will open to the public on Monday, May 18, 2020. However, persons entering a city building on and after May 18 will be required to wear a facemask until further notice.
  • City parks will operate between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. through May 15. Outdoor activities of walking, hiking, biking, or running are permissible in parks provided individuals maintain social distancing.
  • The use of playgrounds, basketball courts and sports that require participants to be within 6 feet is prohibited. Individuals found in violation of these requirements can be subject to a $500 fine.
  • Please call City Hall at 205-424-4060 during this time to speak with department representatives regarding specific needs.

Golden Point Scientific Labs in Hoover has recently doubled its testing capacity and been authorized by the FDA to conduct widespread COVID-19 testing.

Cherokee County leaders sent a letter to the Alabama Health Officer and Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday requesting that parts of the Safer-at-Home order be relaxed for their area, based on the relatively low number of COVID-19 cases there.

Shelby County Schools plan drive through graduation

The Alabama Department of Corrections said that as of May 1, inmates in its prisons have have manufactured a total of 82,763 face masks. They said their goal is to produce enough masks for every inmate to have four masks available for use/reuse.

UAB Hospital Inpatient COVID-19 cases: As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, UAB Hospital is caring for 45 inpatients who have tested positive for COVID-19.

UAB expands testing in Jefferson County: In an effort to increase COVID-19 testing into the Birmingham area’s underserved communities, UAB Medicine in coordination with the Jefferson County Unified Incident Command, is implementing mobile testing in Jefferson County. The Jefferson County Department of Health is covering the cost of the testing for Jefferson County residents who do not have health insurance. Below is the phone number to call to schedule an appointment, locations and hours, and more information:

  • Call 205-975-CV19 (2819) for a screening and an appointment
  • All sites are DRIVE-THRU testing only
  • Hours: 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 and Friday, May 8
  • Wednesday, May 6: Western Health Center (Jefferson County Dept .of Health), 631 Bessemer Super Highway, Midfield, AL 35228
  • Friday, May 8: East Lake United Methodist Church, 7753 1st Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35212
  • More information here


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