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After some concern over rising cases and an influx of people in Tuscaloosa this past week, Mayor Walt Maddox announced that Tuscaloosa County is in "really good shape" during Tuesday's pre-council meeting.

Despite eclipsing 10,000 COVID cases (7,167 confirmed and 2,856 probable), the Alabama Department of Public Health reported that the county had 28 new cases, the lowest positive case number in a week. The seven-day average of positive cases is also on the decline after a recent surge that saw the average jump to over 46 cases per seven days.

"So in looking at that seven-day average, you see a little bit of a slight uptick since the beginning of October, but overall since we implemented the mask ordinance, we continue to have really good trend lines," Maddox said.

These trend lines seem to be an outlier as the state of Alabama reported over 174,000 cases, a 4.14% increase over the past seven days. With the surge in cases, the state of Alabama registered a 1.1 rate of transmission while in Tuscaloosa County, the rate of transmission is .95.

With rising case numbers across the state and the country, Maddox said that he is unsure if that will affect Tuscaloosa County but noted, "we tend to be behind the national trend."

"Overall, if you take a month as a snapshot, we've had a really good month," Maddox said. "With two home football games, one pretty large home football game, even by COVID standards, and so we have, for now, weathered the storm."