Nearly 500 COVID-19 deaths reported in Alabama


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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama’s COVID-19 death toll is now at 496, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health dashboard.

Around 81 percent of these deaths were from the 65 and older age group, and 55 percent of the victims were male.

Among the underlying causes described in Monday’s death report, cardiovascular disease has the highest correlation with COVID-19 deaths, having been present in 313 cases. Twenty-two deaths had no underlying conditions.

Across the state, there have been 12,336 confirmed cases so far. Most of the deaths have been concentrated in Mobile County with 103 deaths, Jefferson County at 75, and Tallapoosa County at 57.

In the Southeastern District, the death count remains low. Here is a breakdown of those figures:

  • Butler County — 295 cases; 10 deaths
  • Coffee County — 175 cases; one death
  • Houston County — 140 cases; four deaths
  • Pike County — 109 cases; zero deaths
  • Barbour County — 89 cases; one death
  • Dale County — 62 cases; zero deaths
  • Covington County — 58 cases; one death
  • Crenshaw County — 53 cases; one death
  • Henry County — 42 cases; one death
  • Geneva County — 23 cases; zero deaths

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