Huntsville Sets Record for COVID-19 Cases
December 14, 2020
Madison County is currently facing one of the worst outbreaks since the pandemic began. An Alabama Local news article by Ramsey Archibald, titled "Huntsville Area Sets Records as COVID Surges in North Alabama,"
recently stated that the Alabama Department of Public Health reported 259 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday in Madison County, Alabama. That pushes the seven-day average to a new record of 265 per day.
New coronavirus cases in Madison County have accelerated over the past week as it's averaging nearly 100 more cases per day since the start of December. The Alabama Department of Public Health is struggling with backlogged data over the past several days, which don't appear to have had any indicative effect on the numbers. Despite being the third-most populous county in Alabama, Madison County managed to avoid the type of outbreaks seen in other large counties early on. For example, Montgomery County had one of the worst outbreaks in all of Alabama despite being significantly smaller than Madison. Even though Madison County managed to avoid outbreaks for much of the pandemic, the county is currently averaging more cases than Mobile County ever had.
To put it into perspective, Montgomery's historic high for a seven-day average doesn't even come close to Madison's current numbers.
Madison isn't the only county experiencing an outbreak, though. Morgan County is also in a surge. On Tuesday, Morgan reported 144 new cases, making it the eighth time in the last ten days it has reported at least 100 cases. This outbreak increases the seven-day average to 124 new cases per day, which is just three cases shy of the record set on Saturday. If you would like to learn more about how other counties have been impacted, make sure you click on the link provided above or here: Huntsville Area Sets Records as COVID Surges in North Alabama.