There's been so much talk about re-opening and whether or not sports should be played, here at BamaCentral we thought there was a key component missing that shouldn't be ignored: The actual number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Tuscaloosa County.
We know that everyone's on edge and wants nothing more than to get back to normal as soon as possible, but this isn't meant to spark a political debate on the site.
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This is simply to inform and provide some context.
Through May 21, there were 13,414 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state of Alabama.
There had been 529 deaths.
In Tuscaloosa Country, there were 454 confirmed cases and nine deaths.
One person's death on Thursday was attributed to the coronavirus.
However, the number of confirmed cases jumped up 36.7 percent from the previous week.
A coronavirus outbreak has affected the renovation project of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium. The facility is undergoing a $107-million overhaul and the construction was slated to be done in time for the Crimson Tide's home opener against Georgia State on Sept. 12.
Meanwhile, former Alabama assistant football coach and Auburn head coach Pat Dye is in the hospital and has reportedly been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris warned the public, “the danger has not gone away.” Nearly 20 percent of the state's deaths have been in Mobile County, of which roughly half are among long-term care residents or staff.
Montgomery mayor Steven Reed said at a press conference that his city is nearly out of hospital beds after a recent spike in cases.
"Right now if you're from Montgomery and you need an ICU bed, you're in trouble," Reed said. "If you're from central Alabama and you need an ICU bed, you may not be able to get one because our health care system has been maxed out."