New data from the Alabama Department of Public Health sheds more light on the coronavirus pandemic in Alabama.
On Tuesday, ADPH released a wealth of demographic data related to COVID-19. Previously, the only information available was the county where a diagnosed patient lived. The agency does not publish more precise location data, but has provided people with the age, race and health conditions. The latest ADPH data also include figures on healthcare workers who are infected, the spread in Alabama nursing homes and the underlying health conditions of those who died from COVID-19.
“We have received several requests for information about the many Alabamians affected by this highly infectious and deadly virus,” said Scott Harris, head of public health. “Everyone plays a vital role in protecting others.”
Here is the latest news from ADPH dated April 7:
2,007 laboratory cases. To date, 52 deaths have been reported, of which 39 have been confirmed.
Hospitalizations and health personnel
- There have been a total of 272 hospitalizations since March 13. Of these, 116 were in intensive care and 75 in mechanical ventilation.
- 315 healthcare workers in Alabama have been diagnosed with coronavirus. This represents about 16% of all cases.
- 56 long-term care facility workers were diagnosed with coronavirus. Fifty-one of the Alabama coronavirus patients reside in long-term care facilities.
Age, race, gender of patients
- 76% of Alabama coronavirus patients are between 19 and 64 years old. 21% are over 65; 3.5% are under the age of 18.
- 50 percent of the patients are white; 37% are black. 11% unknown; 1.3% from Asia and 2% are listed as others. Alabama’s population is 68% White and 27% African American.
- 56% of Alabama coronavirus patients are women; 44 percent of men.
Alabama Coronavirus Deaths
- 59% of deaths from COVID-19 in Alabama are people aged 65 and over. Forty-one percent are between 19 and 64 years of age. There have been no pediatric deaths.
- The percentage of deaths in Alabama is distributed equally to 44 percent between blacks and whites. Eight percent were Asian and 2 percent unknown.
- Forty-four percent of coronavirus deaths have been recorded in patients with multiple underlying medical conditions. Fifty-six percent had cardiovascular disease; 44% had diabetes; 23 percent had chronic lung disease; 13 percent had chronic kidney disease; 3 percent had chronic liver disease. The numbers add up to more than 100% because some patients may have more than one high-risk health problem.
- There were no deaths among the pregnant patients.