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[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 cases rising, but not spiking, in Coffee County

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May 30, 2020

COVID-19 cases are still rising in Coffee County, but not at a rate that has

alarmed EMA Director James Brown.

As of Friday afternoon, 224 people here have tested positive for the virus

that grew into a pandemic in the past five months world-wide and the past

three months in Alabama.

That’s not the number Brown is looking at. He’s more focused on the

number of active cases.

“Our numbers of active cases are still in the same range,” Brown said. “So

as new people are coming on, others are coming off. When you look at the

220 or whatever it’s sitting it, it looks bad. But when 160-something of them

have come off …

“When I would be concerned is when the active cases start to spike, because

that would mean we’d have to hospitalize more people, possibly. That was

our whole thing behind flattening the curve. We wanted to lower that peak.

As long as we don’t start peaking again, we’ll be good. Right now I’m not

overly concerned.”

On Friday afternoon, the state’s dashboard data on the coronavirus listed

Coffee County having 62 new cases in the last 14 days. Of course, the

number of tests given — both across the state and in the county — has

jumped considerably. More than one-third of the total tests given in the

county have taken place in the past two weeks. Those 62 new cases came

out of 611 tests here in the past 14 days.

In Alabama, the number of positive cases has been 16,823 in 208,883 total

tests. In the past two weeks, 5,461 positive cases resulted from 74,118 total


There has been one death attributed to the virus in Coffee County. In

Alabama, that number is 605. The total number of hospitalizations in the

state is 1,783 as of Friday afternoon. That number doesn’t include the

number of active hospitalizations, which is considerably less.

Overall, 1,766 people in Coffee County have been tested with 224 positive


“If you look, up until May we only had one testing site put up by ADPH in

the county,” Brown said. “Now we have twice a week where we’re testing in

Coffee County. That’s a good thing. That does account for some of the rise

in numbers, but not all of it.”

The county EMA director said the guidelines issued at the outbreak of the

pandemic will help now. He said more positive tests were expected when the

economy started to reopen this month.

“The thing we need to do is have everybody still try to do social distancing

as much as possible,” he said. “Wear masks when you can. No handshakes.

All the things we’ve told everybody to do. We have to keep maintaining that

so we don’t get those spikes.”

Enterprise Ledger Photo: James Brown

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