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COVID-19 cases rise as additional testing becomes available

The total confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus continue to rise, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases in Marengo County has increased to 141. That represents an increase of 25 over a week’s time, from Tuesday, May 19 through Tuesday, May 26.

Deaths related to the coronavirus did not increase and still stands at six.

People being tested for the virus has increased as additional testing sites have been available. In all, 1,417 people have been tested as of Tuesday morning. That total represents an increase of 574 over the seven-day period.

Statewide there are 15,194 confirmed cases of the virus with 7,951 presumed recoveries. The state has recorded 566 deaths and 1,652 hospitalizations. The total number of Alabamians tested is 192,602.

Testing for the coronavirus continues at Whitfield Regional Hospital. Additional testing supported by Walmart, Quest Diagnostics, and state and local officials is being held on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Demopolis National Guard Armory. An appointment for testing can be at www.MyQuestCOVIDTest.com, but on-site scheduling also will be available.

More testing is being made available through Cahaba Medical, which is conducting testing at two locations in Marengo County. The first will be Thursday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Providence Community Center and the second site will be held Tuesday, June 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Linden Hwy. 43 Polling Center, across from the Marengo County Courthouse. There is no charge for Cahaba Medical testing and no appointment is needed. Those with insurance are asked to provide that information. Those who do not have insurance can still be tested.

Tuesday’s updated COVID-19 data for surrounding counties includes: Sumter County has reported 198 cases and six deaths; Wilcox County has 119 cases and seven deaths; Greene County has 91 cases, four deaths; Hale County has 133 and four deaths; Clarke County, 113 cases and two deaths; Dallas County is reporting 212 cases with three deaths; Choctaw County has 145 cases and four deaths; and Perry County is reporting 35 cases with no deaths.