Another death, but only 21 new cases in past week
By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Escambia County continued to slowly decline over the past week, as only 21 new cases were reported among county residents.
The county’s death toll from the virus, however, climbed by one, to 24, and the total confirmed cases among county residents now numbers 1,323.
Statewide, there was an increase of 7,125 confirmed cases, with 102 more deaths reported. That brings Alabama’s total to 146,584 confirmed cases and 2,457 deaths.
Of the 21 new local cases, only 14 were the result of specimens collected at the county’s two hospitals.
Atmore Community Hospital reported 12 new cases, bringing to 571 the total positive specimens collected there since the pandemic’s outbreak. ACH staff have collected 2,013 specimens that have turned out negative for COVID-19. Sixteen tests are still pending lab tests, while 41 have proven inconclusive for the virus.
At D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital in Brewton, only two new cases were reported, bringing that facility’s total to 238. DWM has reported 943 negative tests, with 24 inconclusive specimens and 16 pending lab analysis.
According to data released by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the county’s two nursing homes also saw a decrease in cases through the week ended September 6, with one new residential case and one among staff members.
Atmore Nursing Center reported a total of 36 confirmed cases among residents, up one from August 30. The facility’s death toll stands at 7, and confirmed cases among staff members remained static, at 23.
At West Gate Village in Brewton, the residential count remained at 68, with eight deaths, while confirmed cases among staff members rose by one, to 42, since August 30.