Montgomery County now has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state, passing Jefferson County whose population is nearly triple in size.
“I think we are all disappointed to see that,” explained Alabama Public Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris. “There’s a lot of day-to-day community transmission going on right now in Montgomery County.”
Last week, 361 cases were confirmed in Montgomery, down from 485 the week prior.
While the cases are slowly declining, there’s still no explanation to why local numbers spiked in late May.
As of Monday, 164 patients are being treated for COVID-19 in local hospitals; Baptist Health reported some of its highest numbers with 71 patients at South, 33 at East, and 17 at Prattville Baptist.
At Jackson Hospital, 42 patients are being treated.
Dr. Harris said there was a hope that the cases would scale back during the warmer summer months; so far, that’s just not been the case here in Alabama.