UPDATE: Shelby County has 1 case of COVID-19 in last 48 hours

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor

Over the last 48 hours there has been one new case of COVID-19 in Shelby County, bringing the total to 320 as of Thursday, April 30.

It marked a one case jump in the last 24 hours, after a 24-hour span that featured no new cases between Tuesday and Wednesday night. This comes with 3,802 tests looked at by the Alabama Department of Public Health, including more than 400 in the last two days.

The state now has 7,068 confirmed cases with 87,967 now having been tested.

The county death total has risen to 12, while the statewide death total is now at 272. Of those who have died from the novel coronavirus, 77.1 percent have been older than the age of 64.

There have now been 990 hospitalizations across the state since the first case on March 13, which is an increase of 39 in the last 24.

Mobile County has the most confirmed cases with 1,057 compared to 886 in Jefferson County. Lee County has the third highest total with 391, while Montgomery County is at 337 and Marshall County is at 317..

In addition to that, Chambers, Tallapoosa, Madison and Tuscaloosa counties all have more than 200. Chambers is at 291, Tallapoosa is at 285, Madison is at 227 and Tuscaloosa is at 208.

Baldwin (174) and Etowah (139) counties all have more than 100 cases.

So far, 908 health care workers have had confirmed cases since the onset, while 335 patients have been in the intensive care unit and 195 on ventilators.

There have also been 539 long-term care residents and 370 long-term care employees with a confirmed case.

It had also been confirmed that 15 residents and seven employees at the Columbiana Health and Rehabilitation facility had tested positive for the virus two weeks ago, while nine residents and six employees at Select Rehab, Shelby Ridge in Alabaster have also tested positive.

Since the outbreak started, positive cases have been confirmed featuring four local schools including two at Thompson High School, one at either Oak Mountain Intermediate or Elementary School, one at Helena High School and one at Calera High School. Both Helena and Calera students also possibly had contact with someone at the middle school.

It was confirmed that an employee at the Alabaster Chick-fil-A tested positive as did Montevallo pastor Ray Dunmyer of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and an employee at Montevallo City Hall.

The Alabaster Chick-fil-A has since reopened for takeout and drive-thru services after a thorough cleaning.

Graphic by Jamie Dawkins

Testing for COVID-19 is now being done by appointment at UAB as well as Total Care 280 in the North Shelby area off U.S. 280, It’s About Time Urgent Care in Helena and Columbiana Clinic in Columbiana. You are urged to get tested only if you present symptoms of a fever, cough or shortness of breath, or have been in contact with somebody who has the virus.

UAB is encouraging you to call 205-975-1881 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. to describe your symptoms. They will then determine whether you present what could be COVID-19 symptoms, in which case they’ll set an appointment for you to get tested the next day.

If you think you have been exposed or have symptoms, please isolate and call your doctor or nearest medical facility for guidance or call the Alabama Department of Public Health hotline at 1-888-264-2256.

For more information about COVID-19, visit Alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.

To view an updated dashboard of confirmed cases and see testing sites, visit Alpublichealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/6d2771faa9da4a2786a509d82c8cf0f7