Alabama Reports 50% Drop in Student COVID-19 Cases This Week
The Alabama Department of Public Health's COVID-19 Dashboard reported that the total number of new COVID cases among students across the state dropped nearly 50 percent since last week.
The COVID-19 K-12 Dashboard collects data shared by 143 Alabama school systems and updates its numbers once a week.
Friday morning, the ADPH reported just 3,802 new cases of COVID-19 in students, which is down significantly from the 6,382 reported last week. That's even further down from two weeks ago, where the ADPH reported 8,428 total cases.
Tuscaloosa City Schools reported 73 cases across its 19 facilities, trailing shortly behind Tuscaloosa County School System, which reported 112. TCSS' total enrollment of 19,302 nearly doubles TCS's student body of 10,843.
Both school systems' numbers were down dramatically from the start of September, where at one point TCSS reported 481 new cases in a week, over 3.5 times the new cases as TCS' reported 132.
The decrease in numbers is nearly universal in West Alabama. This week, three counties in the area reported no new cases: Sumter, Greene and Perry. Pickens County reported just nine new cases, and Hale County reported 13.
Several neighbors to Tuscaloosa County still reported high numbers this week:
- Bibb County = 33 cases
- Fayette = 19 cases
A full breakdown of COVID-19 cases by county can be found on the ADPH Dashboard.