Houston, Coffee, Dale, and Henry counties deemed ‘Very High Risk” COVID-19 areas


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Most of the Alabama Wiregrass has been designated a “Very High Risk” area for COVID-19 infection, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Within our viewing area, Houston, Coffee, Dale, and Henry counties are named as high-risk counties. Geneva County has been downgraded to high risk category while Barbour and Covington counties are now at moderate risk.

The designations come from data collected in the week leading up to July 4.

Here is a brief summary of certain data points for the very high risk counties:

Houston County:

  • Saw a surge its in its confirmation rate per 100,000 people on July 2 and 3. These days saw rates at 20.1 and 18.6 respectively, but they went down the following days.
  • During Independence week, the county’s percent of positive COVID-19 tests was at 16.13 percent, around two percentage points above the state average.
  • Fewer people were tested this week compared to the previous period, with only 653 people being tested compared to 900 the last week. This still met the testing goal.

Coffee County:

  • Coffee County saw its rates surge on July 1 and 2. These days saw rates at 18.5 and 19.1 respectively. The rate has dropped considerably since then.
  • The county’s percent of positive tests was at 12.69 percent in the week leading up to July 4. This around 2 percentage points less than the state average.
  • Testing figures for this week fell to 350 people tested. However, the county still met its testing goal.

Geneva County:

  • Its rate surged to an all time high of 43.4 on July 2.
  • 16.98 percent of the tests done the week of Independence Day, around two percentage points higher than the state.
  • This week also marked the highest testing number Dale County ever saw, with 572 people getting tested for COVID-19.

Henry County:

  • The county saw a spike in its COVID confirmation rate on July 1. This day had a rate of 15.5.
  • 12.26 percent of tests came back positive in this time period, more than two percentage points below the state average.
  • The county tested 138 people the week leading up to July 4, meeting its goal.

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