The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 1,874 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and the state’s 7-day average of new cases reported dropped slightly to 1,851.
A total of 586 new hospitalizations were reported, bringing the confirmed number of COVID-19 hospitalizations to a new high of 1,563, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
The state reported three deaths Monday, bringing that total to 1,257. The seven-day average for deaths, as of Monday, was 23, according to BamaTracker, an independent website that compounds data from ADPH. A week ago, the seven-day death average was 16.
Bama Tracker: New Cases & 7-Day Average
Bama Tracker: Confirmed Hospitalizations
A total of 592,387 people have been tested since March, according to ADPH, and 67,711 have now tested positive. Of those who tested positive, 29,736 are presumed recovered.
Alabama is in its fifth day of a two-week health order mandating the wearing of face masks in public and crowded places. The order was put in place by Gov. Kay Ivey last week to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The order came as confirmed cases and hospitalizations grew in June and July.
There have only been about three days in July where fewer than 1,000 new cases have been reported, and they were early in the month. Ivey’s order is set to expire at the end of the month.
As schools prepare to open next month, either in-person or virtually, the state on Monday announced a $70 million Health and Wellness Grant Program and a $100 million for the Educational Remote Learning Devices Grant Program. Each school system in the state is eligible for at least $170,000 combined from the two grants. That’s in addition to others CARES Act funding sent directly to schools.
“These funds will allow local schools to be flexible to meet the unique needs of their students while keeping them as safe as possible,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a written statement.
The ADPH updates its data at 10 a.m. daily.