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Alabama closes out week with uptick in coronavirus deaths: Week in review

Things have been relatively calm in Alabama’s fight with the coronavirus over the past few weeks, but an uptick in reported virus deaths over the last four days is a discouraging sign as the state gets ready for colder weather.

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported just over 6,750 new virus cases in Alabama this week. It also reported 103 total deaths – the first time in more than a month the state has reported at least 100 total virus deaths in a week.

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And 90 of those deaths were reported in the last four days alone, as the state has reported double digit death totals in each of the last four days.

The 7-day average for total coronavirus deaths rose to 14.1 on Friday, the highest it’s been since Sept. 17. Prior to Thursday, that number hadn’t risen past 10 in two weeks.

A large number of the confirmed deaths reported this week came near Alabama’s coast. Mobile and Baldwin counties saw a combined 24 virus deaths between Saturday, Oct 3. and Friday, Oct. 9.

The state has now suffered 2,653 virus deaths since March. Because of the way deaths are reported, there is a lag between when someone dies of the virus and when they are listed in the state’s data. It’s unclear when the deaths reported this week actually occurred. The state reports deaths by date of death on its coronavirus dashboard, but it sometimes takes weeks for deaths to show up in that chart, and hundreds of deaths currently included in ADPH’s cumulative total don’t have a date assigned yet.

ADPH reported 6,767 new total virus cases this week, including around 4,900 confirmed cases and 1,900 probable cases. That case total represents a slight increase over the previous week, but is still down from two weeks prior.

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The state’s caseload has been relatively flat since Labor Day. There was a slight uptick in cases in late September, which was at least partially caused by a backlog of cases from a private lab entering the system, according to ADPH.

But the 7-day average for new daily cases has increased by only around 100 cases since Labor Day itself. The average then was 855 cases per day. As of Friday, it stood at 966.

On Friday the state reported nearly 1,500 new cases, after showing significantly lower numbers for most of the week.

The state also reported nearly 12,000 new tests on Friday, which was also a significant increase, and could indicate another backlog of data entering the system.

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The state’s positivity rate was 13.3 percent on Friday, and has hovered between 12 and 14 percent over the last few weeks.

Hospitalizations have remained mostly flat in the state over the past several weeks – though hospitals in Tuscaloosa and Auburn reported increases this week. The 7-day average for current virus hospitalizations statewide hasn’t risen past 800 since Sept.

Seymour gym closes amid pandemic



a sign above a storefront on a brick building: CW Fitness, a Seymour gym in business for four years, closed its doors on Sunday. Sept. 27, 2020. The gym located in the Klarides Village Shopping Center on Bank Street, is the latest business to close because of the coronavirus pandemic.


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CW Fitness, a Seymour gym in business for four years, closed its doors on Sunday. Sept. 27, 2020. The gym located in the Klarides Village Shopping Center on Bank Street, is the latest business to close because of the coronavirus pandemic.


SEYMOUR — CW Fitness, a Valley gym in business for four years, closed its doors on Sunday.

The gym located in the Klarides Village Shopping Center on Bank Street, is the latest business to close because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Owner Chris Wares announced the closing on the gym’s Facebook page. On Monday morning, there was sign on the door that thanked members for “four great years.”

Wares said, “2020 has changed the fitness industry along with many others. I see full service big box, membership gyms being a thing of the past very soon.”

Ware went on Facebook Live to thank members and ask for their patience on information on refunds.

“I’m going to make everything right,” he said.

He said said there is a “chance” that a new owner may take over the business.

“If that’s the case, everything will be honored,” he said.

He asked members to check CW Fitness Facebook page or provide their email address for updates.

Connecticut gyms, sports clubs and fitness studios closed for months because of COVID-19, were allowed to reopen in June with strict social distancing requirements.

The guidelines state “establishments that require customers to wear a mask while exercising must maintain 6 feet of space between equipment. Establishments that do not require customers to wear a mask while exercising must maintain 12 feet of space between equipment.”

CW Fitness required people to wear masks while not using working out and to wipe down machines before and after use. The Seymour gym also moved some of the machines into an indoor basketball court to provide more distancing.

Although some gyms reopened, few people returned.

A recent survey by RunRepeat, found only about 31 percent of gym members have returned since the COVID-19 lockdown. The survey also found that nearly 60 percent have either canceled or are considering canceling their gym memberships.

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