By the numbers – Cases, life and looking forward in Alabama
It has now been 28 days since Gov. Kay Ivey issued an order declaring a state of emergency in Alabama due to the coronavirus outbreak.
For most, it feels much longer ago.
Here is the latest info, by the numbers.
2,499. That’s the confirmed number of coronavirus cases as of 6:00 a.m. on Thursday. This is a 302 case increase in the last 24 hours but still far below previous projections. Alabama’s numbers remain manageable.
67 reported deaths in the same time period.
314. Those are the total hospitalizations in the state since March 13. Should Alabama’s current trajectory hold, bed space in the state will be a non-issue.
60,000. The total estimated deaths in the United States has been reduced to this number after having been previously projected to be between 100,000 and 250,000.
1,200. That’s the number of masks donated to hospitals and nursing homes by Masks for Marshall County. Volunteer efforts like this are popping up across Alabama as members of the community seek to help those most vulnerable.
Mobile County now has 249 reported cases.
15. That’s the number of employees at Grayson Air Conditioning in Mobile who received lunch vouchers from company owner Richard Ridge so they could eat out and support local restaurants struggling to do business. Ridge challenged those deemed essential to support other businesses as best as they can.
363 healthcare workers have now developed confirmed cases which is why there have been efforts in communities across the state to offer support and gratitude.
3. The number of hours coronavirus can remain viable in the air.
24. The number of hours coronavirus can remain viable on cardboard such as packages delivered by Amazon.
72. The number of hours coronavirus can remain viable on a plastic surface similar to a bottle of water.
100. That’s the number of birthdays World War II veteran and Mobile resident Henry Waltman was supposed to celebrate at Battleship Park this week. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak, his birthday party had to be canceled. Instead, friends drove by his home and honked their horns.
56.54. This is the percentage of women among the confirmed cases in the Yellowhammer State.
1,000,000 is the amount of dollars the Poarch Band of Creek Indians donated to Atmore Community Hospital. Tribal chair and CEO Stephanie Bryan said, “We are committed to doing everything we can to make sure this great hospital that serves our community has what it needs.”
7. The number of days coronavirus can live on the outside of a surgical mask. A reminder for everyone of the care required even when using extra precautions.
40. That’s the number of years of experience Dr. Richard Myers has working in genetics. Myers is leading the effort at Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute to develop a treatment and a vaccine for coronavirus.
180. For some, this may be the most important number on the list. It’s the number of days until the college football season kicks off on September 5. It’s good to have something to look forward to.
Tim Howe is an owner of Yellowhammer Multimedia