In A Week, Escambia County, Alabama, COVID-19 Cases Up 27%, Fatalities Up 50%

July 16, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in Escambia County, Alabama, are continuing to grow an increasingly rapid pace.

As of Wednesday night, there were 562 confirmed cases in the county, up over 27% from 441 a week ago. There also four more deaths reported in the county Wednesday, increasing the number of confirmed coronavirus deaths by 50% to 12.

In the past two weeks, 270 of 1,444 tests have been positive, a rate of nearly 19%, compared to 12% statewide.

The latest data from the Escambia County Healthcare Authority shows 253 of the positive tests were from Atmore Community Hospital, and 60 were from D.W. McMillan Hospital in Brewton.


5 Responses to “In A Week, Escambia County, Alabama, COVID-19 Cases Up 27%, Fatalities Up 50%”

  1. Melissa Pino on July 17th, 2020 9:50 pm

    Dear Seriously Concerned,

    Your comments are spot-on. I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I was working in the fields and barns, from the age of 13. Detassling, picking up rock, roguing beans. My boyfriend’s family had the largest dairy farm in NE Iowa. I have pulled calves, dealt with stray bulls, know darn well what that milking schedule means. I have bailed hay and helped pull tractors out of ditches.

    When people use the phrase “working farm” I say “oh you mean a hobby.”

    Trust me, I grew up with my feet in Iowa fields and barns and I know farming.

    This disinformation campaign that has been put about that rural American will be untouched is one of the greatest travesties that will be visited on us.

    In fact, because rural America has such difficult access to healthcare, since conglomerates have shut down so much local care, the impact in the end could be far worse.

    In my home town in Iowa, my dad was leading the charge to try to keep the services expanded in our local hospital when he died of a heart attack. :(

    What was once a full-fledged medical facility, where my sister was born, that offered a full suite of services including OB-GYN and many surgeries is now a ghost of its former self, struggling to stay open by funneling patients to the big boys by life flight.

    Very shortly, our populace will see that there is NO area and NO demographic and NO age group that will not be impacted.

    And that will not be the time for I told you so. We will need to be gentle and accepting of the people who didn’t get it, but will. Because it’s not their fault that their government waged a tragic campaign against them so they didn’t.

  2. David Huie Green on July 17th, 2020 8:03 pm

    “If they are not following the rules, then I should not feel sorry for them.”

    Do it or don’t. For many there were or are no rules. And those following suggestions have many different suggestions including those who tell them to go ahead and get sick.

    We can feel sorry for those who suffer no matter what the cause. Much of our society is based on protecting us from our own bad decisions. It is the reason most of us haven’t already died.

    David for God’s grace

  3. Donnie Baggett on July 17th, 2020 12:00 pm

    Its not a surprise that the number of cases are on the rise. People arent following the CDC guildlines. But its confusing when theres mixed messages. Most people believe its a hoax, fake news or think they’re invincible.

  4. Seriously Concerned for Rural America on July 16th, 2020 10:05 am

    Back in March I wrote that when coronavirus reached rural areas of America, the results would be devastating.

    It’s now well established how to decrease spread. Limit contact with other people as near to none as you can. Social distance. Wear masks when difficult to social distance. Wash your hands. There are no exceptions or outs to it.

    The deniers are going to only create greater harm to rural communities. Family members in small communities will die. The long-term effects of coronavirus are barely understood. Herd immunity may not be realistic if immunity antibodies are short-lived.

    The anti-science push of the last half decade is likely causing many rural, deeply religious, and politically conservative residents to not truly recognize the biological and evolutionary problem being faced by this pandemic virus. It’s extremely contagious. It thrives when and where people cluster. It’s asymptomstic infectious characteristics deceive people to think all is well.

    My hope for rural America is that people quickly adapt to protective personal measures, and that science and data are allowed to steer decision making. If this doesn’t occur, I reiterate from my March writing… whole rural communities could become ghost towns. It’s going to take both individual and community efforts to get these numbers down before indoor winter living conditions arrive in less than six months. Avoid letting religion and politicians from prevent sound decision making.

  5. Lashon on July 16th, 2020 9:45 am

    If they would stop being stupid, and wear face masks then we would not have this problem. If they are not following the rules, then I should not feel sorry for them.

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